TDA celebrating International Women’s Day 8 March 2021
TAFE Directors Australia, along with its TAFE members, is celebrating International Women’s Day by profiling stories about women and organisations in Australia’s vocational education and training (VET) sector that are recognised for their excellence, hard work and dedication.
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.
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.
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.
Turning a passion into a career is a great tip – for business and lifelong learning.
Driven by the desire to support and empower women, two Canberra Institute of Technology CIT students founded the CIT Women’s Mentoring and Support Group. This supportive community for female students and professionals aims to nurture professional development for enhanced future career opportunities.
Australia’s COVID year clearly demonstrated the value and dedication of well trained, frontline health workers. Debbie Blow received the National Achievement Award at the Australian Training Awards for her work over 20 years in improving the quality of training in health and nursing.
The Australian Training Awards have bestowed Mary Campbell, CEO of TAFE Queensland, their highest honour to recognise her leadership in the VET sector over the past 30 years.