It happens often that women who choose a career in the trades are more committed to their job and have a better eye for the detail than most men.
As vocational training has been subsidized by the government, the number of women who choose this career path has increased by 80% compared to year 2008.
Northcote’s APlus Apprentice and Trainee Services came up with an initiative that aims at placing female students in traditional trades that usually rule out women. This initiative is in line with the government’s initiative to encourage women take up such trade apprenticeships.
The Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers had the idea of a study which included 500 workshops. The study aimed at determining the main reasons why employers avoid hiring female workers. The study revealed excuses such as the lack of female toilets, the swearing by male workers and the risk women might quit if they had a baby.
When it comes to carpenters, the answers are very similar to the findings of the above mentioned study. Women have no idea they can actually be good carpenters. Besides, nobody wants to encourage them to enter this industry. The same goes for industries like Asbestos abatement. Women may have better attention to detail, thereby ensuring safe asbestos removal Perth, however they rarely get a chance to prove themselves in this heavily male industry.
Peter Blanshard, Chief Executive of the Institute of Automotive Mechanical Engineers, said he won’t accept any more excuses. He believes the industry has to shift to hiring and training more women to fill all skills shortages it has to face today. He finds this solution much better than hiring overseas workers.
Females represent a tiny 2% of all trade workers in automotive, engineering, construction and electro-technology is NSW.
Various organisations across Australia try to develop and implement strategies to attract young girls to choose these areas and complete training to get qualified in these trades.
There are many advantages to choosing a career in the trades, For instance, you can gain your independence, you can choose your own work hours, you can earn a good income and you can broaden your horizon by spotting new opportunities as they come along.
The Girls in Trades resources are available to view and download by anybody who is interested. Teachers, parents, students and career advisers can study this information, the video footage, the posters and the lesson plans to implement in the classroom.
Men who apply for these trades need education, as well. This makes our job easier. However, most male applicants tend to do their own research prior to applying to our programs. They may go as far as to talk with someone in their trade of interest. Nonetheless, there are several female apprentices on our books. They are involved in several areas such as Electrical, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, Boiler Making and Diesel Fitting. These women are very good from professional standpoint. They are as good as male students in both academical and technical matters.
If you believe you might be suitable for a trade based career, my personal advice is to do the following before applying for an apprenticeship:
– Go online and do a thorough research of the trade you are interested in.
– Once you are clear about what you’d like to do, search for a tradesman in your vocational area of interest and try to discuss with him various issues and challenges of the trade.
– If you are still a student, discuss your intention with a career advisor and with your industrial arts teacher.
– Try to see with your own eyes the work process. Find and approach a company that operates in your area of interest and ask if you can visit their workshop.
– Put together a good resume stating all your previous experience that might be relevant to the trade you wish to pursue a career in.