Currently in Australia’s second largest industry, women only total 1% of building trades in the country. For many years, the trade industry has been male dominated however, in recent years women in the industry have been on a rise and are continuing to boost Australia’s economic growth.
Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) started in 2009 and is a non-profit incorporated organisation, which provides a support network for tradeswomen, apprentices and girls and women who wish to enter the trades.
Build Like A Girl is a not-for-profit movement that is actively leading the way on how the building and construction industry encourages women.
Women in Business is a NSW Government and TAFE NSW initiative that offers a fully subsidised online program for women who are looking to establish a micro business, a small business, or who are already operating a business.
Positive role models are important to women. As a member of the Australian VET Alumni, a national community of vocational education and training (VET) graduates, Raelene Collins is dedicated to sharing her learning journey with others to encourage greater participation and leading practice in VET.
WAVE is a national network of women involved in VET, adult education and the broad field of work-related education and training.
Cholena Hughes’ journey with TAFE Queensland has led her down an unexpected yet highly-rewarding path. From learning artistic techniques to teaching others how to express themselves through creativity, the talented 41-year-old now uses the power of art to help rehabilitate prisoners at Woodford Men’s Correctional Centre.
Like many TAFEs, the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) is celebrating International Women’s Day 2021. CIT remains committed to helping students and staff challenge gender bias and inequality while reaching their goals in their chosen careers. Actively collaborating with industry and not-for-profit organisations to support women in achieving their goals is a positive way forward.
International Women’s Day is about celebrating women’s achievements in all aspects of life including the creative arts. TAFE SA graduate Isobel Davies uses fashion as a form of self-expression so it’s fitting that her designs have caught the eye of the arts community.
Australia’s current, large VET provider of the year, South West Institute of TAFE in Victoria, has created a new scholarship to make it easier for south-west women to enter non-traditional trades.