We are delighted to be working with Solar Victoria to deliver a series of events to support women to consider careers in Solar.
Funded by Solar Victoria and presented by Tradeswomen Australia.
Unconscious Bias Training
Women are significantly underrepresented in the solar industry, so the program begins with a workshop tackling how unconscious bias in the workplace can work against achieving gender diversity and equity – and what you can do about it. The workshops are free to attend, and the first one took place on Wednesday 23 February 2022 on Zoom.
The next workshop is planned for May 11th at 9.15 – 10.45am. Register here
On Wednesday 25 May, 2022, we host our second conversational event which talks to what it means to work in the solar industry. This event is also free to attend and takes place from 9:15am – 10:45am on Zoom. Register for the event here.
Aurore Pont – Operations Manager at Clenergy
Monishka Narayan – Consultant at Advisian
Melissa Smallman – Owner at SECI
Chaired by Chelsea Bryans – Tradeswomen Australia
Solar Victoria career and professional development mentoring for women
Enhance and support your experience of the solar and home heating and cooling industries with free career and professional development mentoring provided by Tradeswomen Australia.
Applications are now open to women working in Solar Victoria’s programs or participating in its training, who would like support to enhance their careers through personalised professional mentoring. This will especially suit women starting out in the solar or home heating and cooling industries, and who are unsure of the direction their career could take or how to get there. This initiative is funded by Solar Victoria as part of its commitment to supporting women in solar and its training and workforce development package.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible to take part in career and professional development mentoring provided by Tradeswomen Australia, you must be:
- participating in Solar Victoria’s eligible training initiatives, or
- employed by a business participating in any Solar Victoria program, or
- an accredited installer participating in any Solar Victoria program, or
- able to demonstrate a link to any Solar Victoria program.
Solar Victoria is committed to helping more women start out or expand their career in the solar industry with this support. Women are significantly under-represented in the solar industry, making up less than one per cent of electricians, plumbers, solar PV and battery designers and installers, and licensed electrical inspectors.
How to apply
We recommend you read the FAQs below before completing this form to begin your application with Tradeswomen Australia. Applications are open now until 31 December 2022, with mentoring concluding on 30 June 2023.
Start your application here The information you submit is collected by Tradeswomen Australia.
Frequently asked questions
What are the time commitments?
Mentors will initially meet for about an hour to assess your individual needs around:
- support through Solar Victoria training
- professional development and networking support
- enhancing your engagement within the workplace and trade.
Subsequent sessions will be structured around the needs identified and mentees can access their mentors weekly, capped at 6 hours per month.
How are the sessions run?
Career and professional development mentoring sessions can be done in-person, over the phone or by email within mutually agreed hours for the duration of the mentorship.
What happens after I submit my form?
Once you have submitted your form at the link above, you can expect to hear back from Tradeswomen Australia immediately with acknowledgement of your application.
Mentor and mentee matching can take 2–4 weeks on average, and Tradeswomen Australia will contact you directly when that occurs.
Who are the mentors?
Your mentor will be a current, experienced, long-term tradeswoman from the Tradeswomen Australia Group pool who offers guidance and support around your career development.
How are mentees matched with the mentors?
Mentors and mentees are matched based on their ages, career aspirations and responses to the questions on your application. Tradeswomen Australia try to match based on as many criteria as possible from the information you provide in your application.
How long do the mentorships run for?
Generally, contact with your mentor will be by flexible agreement, in person or online for up to 12 months or as agreed otherwise. Mentoring will conclude on 30 June 2023.
For general enquiries about Solar Victoria’s training and workforce development package, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Solar Victoria Customer Service team during business hours on 1300 376 393. For information about other Solar Victoria initiatives helping to grow Victoria’s clean energy workforce, see Training and workforce development.