Morrison government encourages young women to try a trade in Queensland schools

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Young women will soon try their hand at trades in Queensland schools, thanks to a series of workshops whose mission is to inspire women and girls to pursue careers in the trades.

Government Morrison’s National Careers Institute has partnered with the nonprofit Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) to offer hands-on workshops to highlight construction industry career paths for women . Qualified tradespeople will guide students through the completion of a craft project, teaching the safe use of measuring, cutting and assembly tools.

Minister for Jobs, Labour, Skills, Small Business and Home Business, Stuart Robert, said SALT’s work to raise the profile of vocational education and training was essential to training the next generation of Australians.

“These workshops are helping more women train and work in the trades, which will be extremely important to our skills-based economic recovery,” said Minister Robert.

“They also underline the role that the vocational education and training sector plays in equipping young people with vocational skills.

Women’s Economic Security Minister Jane Hume said increasing women’s participation in the workforce is a top priority for the Morrison government and that increasing the number of women in the trades was an important part of this effort.

‘Seeing more women ‘on the tools’ is great. These are in-demand skills that will set them up for a lifetime of success. By removing barriers to women’s participation in VET, we are helping to provide the highly skilled workforce our country needs for the future. It’s good for women, good for families and good for Australia,” said Minister Hume.

Deputy Minister to the Attorney General, Deputy Minister for Industrial Relations and Deputy Minister for Women, Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker hailed the trade tour and encouraged Queensland women to consider going into the trades.

“The trades open doors to well-paying careers with diverse prospects, especially in Queensland, so I would love to see more local women get involved,” Deputy Minister Stoker said.

“Technicians and laborers are the second most in-demand occupational group in our state today, with more than 7,600 job openings in January.”

In Queensland, 28% of apprentices and trainees are women, with nearly 21,000 women currently in training. This is a 51% increase since 2020 and continues to rise as the government invests a record $7.8 billion in skills this fiscal year.

Under the $2 billion JobTrainer Fund, more than 35,245 Queensland women have signed up for free or low-cost training, a number that is expected to grow. Nationally, the proportion of female apprentices and trainees in training is now 28%, with 102,000 female apprentices and trainees in training – the highest number since 2014.

SALT will run nine workshops for schools in Queensland in March. The Australian Government’s National Careers Institute funded SALT to run workshops across the country.

The National Careers Institute was created to ensure that people have access to reliable and accurate career information and support, regardless of age or career stage.

Visit the NCI Your career website to be connected to other education, training or work options to support your career goals.

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Region

Workshop location

March 7

manly QLD

Wynnum State High School

25 Peel St, Manly QLD 4179

March 9

Rockhampton Queensland

Rockhampton Girls’ High School

Cnr Denham and Agnes Street, Rockhampton, QLD 4700

March 11

Mackay QLD

Mackay Northern Beaches State High School

30 Rosewood Drive, Rural View, QLD 4740

March 15

Villeville

North Beaches Community Center

Iris Lane (near Erskine Place), Burdell (Townsville) QLD 4818

March 17

Cairns Queensland

St. Monica’s College

177 Abbott Street, City of Cairns, Queensland 4870

March 18

Mareeba QLD

Mareeba State High School

Jasper St, Mareeba, QLD 4880

March 24

Gladstone

Toolooa State High School

2 Philip Street, Gladstone QLD 4680

March 26

Pomona

Pomona Community House & Coolum Women’s Shed

Noosa High Pomona State Campus

120 Summit Rd, Pomona, QLD 4568

March 28

Alexandra Hills QLD

Alexandra Hills State High School

3-27 Windemere Road, Alexandra Hills, QLD 4161

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