Department of Family and Community Services

Women in Trades

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women in trades

The NSW Government is committed to increasing the number of women working in male-dominated trades.

Women currently make up only 13 per cent of trade apprentices and trainees in NSW*, with most women opting to pursue apprenticeships in areas such as hairdressing and catering.

Less than two per cent of automotive and engineering and construction and electro-technology trade workers in NSW are female.

Women NSW is developing strategies to encourage women and girls to undertake and complete training in these areas and to maintain employment as a tradesperson into the future.

One of these strategies is the formation of partnerships with organisations aligned to our aim of increasing the numbers of women and girls in non-traditional trades. Women NSW is currently working in partnership with Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) and Ausgrid to develop long-term strategies and initiatives.

* NCVER VOCSTATS, 2011 database.