The Freestyle program is a joint initiative between the North Melbourne Football Club and Tradeswomen Australia Group who will combine their resources and experience to create safe pathways for young people in industries that have traditionally been male dominated.


Janet Cribbes in a red top on a white background, smiling
Janet Cribbes
CEO of Tradeswomen Australia

Janet Cribbes, CEO of Tradeswomen Australia said the innovative program aims to help raise awareness, consideration and action for girls, women and non-binary people who are interested in exploring a rewarding career in the building and construction industry.

“This initiative comes at a time where there is a major shortage of skilled tradesmen and women.

‘The North Melbourne Football Club are well known for their contribution and extensive commitment to community programs, and the FREESTYLE program will provide a range of information including making the decision to accept an apprenticeship, the challenges, and rewards of work in the trades.”

Ms Cribbes said “Work within the trades is well paid with trade qualifications and skills providing opportunities for a career path, and in many cases, the foundation for women to start their own business. “

Historically women in Australia have been isolated from lucrative trades jobs through historic gender discrimination barriers, a lack of promotion of trades at school level, and in some cases, a lack of knowledge by parents.

“Despite the fact that women represent 50% of the Australian population, the participation rate of women as apprentices/trainees in the non-traditional trades, especially the core trades of construction, automotive and electrical, has remained at less than 2% and has changed little over the last 25 years“.

Ms Cribbes said the outstanding success of the AFL Women’s Football with its rapid growth and acceptance by the broader community provides women with an increasing confidence to explore new career opportunities in the trades.

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What will you learn at the Freestyle immersion night? 


The Freestyle Immersion night will allow young people who attend to fully immerse themselves in the trade and infrastructure industry.

The information night will introduce you to role models to look up to in the industry, educators to help you learn trades and businesses who could be your future employer.

It will ensure that you and your support system have full confidence that a career in the trade industry is safe, rewarding and the best decision you will ever make.

Key details

Date & Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm Monday, 5 December 2022

Venue: North Melbourne Football Club

204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne