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Women in Trades Industry Pledge

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The Women in Trades Industry Pledge encourages businesses to consider and implement strategies that maximise career choices for girls and women.

NSW training statistics indicate that only 13 per cent of trade apprenticeships and trainees in NSW are women. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, only 1.1 per cent of carpenters and joiners in NSW are women.

Recruiting women in occupations considered as non-traditional employment, such as trades, has the potential to increase overall productivity in NSW. It would address the current skills shortages, an increasing concern as the population ages.

The NSW Government is committed to increasing the number of women completing apprenticeships in non-traditional trades. We want to highlight employment pathways and career opportunities for women in trades.

What is the Women in Trades Industry Pledge?

The Women in Trades Industry Pledge is your organisation's commitment to increasing the number of women in trades.

As a part of your commitment, you are asked to develop a brief action plan outlining the initiatives your organisation will take to support women to take up a trade.

Signatories will appear on our Pledge Wall as public acknowledgement of your commitment and support.

How does my organisation sign up?

  1. Download and print the Pledge, Action Plan and list of suggested actions from this page (or ask us for a printed copy of the Pledge to sign).
  2. Sign the Pledge.
  3. Send it back to us. We will confirm receipt and arrange for it to be signed by the Minister for Women, the Hon. Tanya Davies MP, and returned to you.
  4. Submit your completed action plan (including the website summary about your commitment to women in trades) and send to us with your high resolution logo as a jpeg file.
  5. Put your plan in motion!


Women in Trades Construction Industry Roundtable

The former Minister for Women and former Chair of the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity, the Hon. Pru Goward MP, along with the former Deputy Premier, the Hon. Andrew Stoner MP, opened the first Women in Trades Construction Industry Roundtable as part of the government’s commitment to increase the proportion of women and girls in non-traditional trades.

The Women in Trades Construction Industry Roundtable was held on 3 April 2014 at the Trade and Investment Centre in Sydney.

The roundtable saw the launch of the Women in Trades Industry Pledge and provided a forum for discussion between employers, industry bodies and government, about actions to increase the representation of women in non-traditional trades in the construction industry.

The Women in Trades Industry Pledge was signed by twenty organisations on the day:

  • Australian Constructors Association
  • Australian Industry Group
  • BCA National Training Group
  • Brookfield Multiplex
  • Civil Contractors Federation NSW
  • Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC)
  • Downer EDI
  • Group Training Association of NSW & ACT
  • Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers (IAME)
  • Laing O’Rourke
  • Leighton Contractors
  • Lend Lease Building Pty Ltd
  • Master Builders Association of New South Wales
  • Master Electricians Association
  • Master Painters Australia NSW Association Inc.
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)
  • National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA)
  • Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT)
  • Thiess
  • Transfield Services

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Participants at the first Women in Trades Construction Industry Roundtable.