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Lighting the way for future female electrical trade workers

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30 Nov 2012

Minister for Women Pru Goward today congratulated the first group of young women to participate in Ausgrid’s Work Experience Week.

"With the support of Women NSW, Ausgrid is to be commended for hosting a first of its kind work experience program for young women interested in pursuing a career in an electrical trade," Ms Goward said.

The program attracted 14 female high school and TAFE students and was designed to provide insight into the work of electrical mechanics, cable jointers and line workers with a particular focus on hands-on workshops in wiring power circuits and constructing extension leads.

"This popularly received program and indeed the partnership between Women NSW and Ausgrid is evidence of the level of interest in the community in such programs. It is also indicative of the level of commitment our partners are investing in the Government’s Women and Girls in Trades program," Ms Goward said.

"Currently only one per cent of electrical trade apprentices in NSW are women. NSW is experiencing a skills shortage in electrical trade workers and there are significant opportunities for women and girls in this growth area."

Minister for Resources and Energy Chris Hartcher said Ausgrid is perfectly placed to deliver the work experience program to young women interested in a career as an electrical trade worker. Ausgrid has a well established development program, training apprentices since 1910.

"The success of the work experience week, both evident in the high number of applications received and the feedback from participants is a wonderful achievement and a testament to the hard work and commitment of Ausgrid and Women NSW," Mr Harcher said.

"Ausgrid has 16 female apprentices currently in training to become part of the workforce and I am confident that following this work experience week, these numbers will increase."

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