Connecting Women to Trades NSW

Tradeswomen Australia will commence this New South Wales based project in 2023.  The Connecting Women to Trades project will address young women and non-binary, aged 16+ who are school-leavers seeking employment opportunities in construction. The program will be run in the Sydney, Blue Mountains, Hunter & Central, North and Mid North Coast areas.

About the project

  • The project will boost awareness of the social and economic benefits of a career in trades through workshops, collaborative information days, tradeswomen sharing their insights and a communications campaign. The TWA Jobs Board provides roles from qualified employers.
  • Will improve exposure of trade pathways for women via career expos, and other events.
  • Will recruit and train experienced tradeswomen as mentors, establish a peer support circle, provide resilience training and ‘hands on’ workshops for target beneficiaries. To increase their confidence and improve their understanding of trade opportunities there will be work experience and placement access via suitable employers as well as post-placement support.
  • Work to increase the confidence of applicants to enter training and employment in trades by having an experienced, long-term tradeswoman mentor to speak with regularly through our mentoring program so women entering trades are more confident, and ready to try new skills. TWA will also train male staff to be diversity champions and mentors for women who join their workforce.
  • Aim to increase awareness of gender discrimination across workplaces in all trades sectors by running selected TWA training, including Diversity & Inclusion workshops and organisation coaching/support. We aim to empower managers to be diversity champions and appoint internal mentors for female/non-binary trainees and apprentices.
  • Will build stronger networks between industry, employers and women with cultivation and connection with organisations, leadership and prospective employers.
  • Will reduce financial barriers that deter women from entering trades with TWA Scholarships to cover mobilisation costs as a result commencing an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Project is funded under the grant program by Trade Pathways Program - Training Services NSW

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