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Women in Trades: A Thriving Career Path

The workforce landscape is undergoing a dynamic shift. Gone are the days of rigid gender career choices. Industries are recognising the immense value that diversity brings to the table, and skilled trades are no exception.

05/03/24 News

While women are increasingly shattering workplace stereotypes and proving their talent in the trades, there's still a significant need for more skilled individuals to join this rewarding field.

Find out how working as a tradeswoman can open doors to exciting career opportunities.

Affordability and Accessibility

Embarking on a new career can bring both excitement and uncertainty. Concerns about education and training costs, job opportunities for newcomers, and navigating an unfamiliar industry can often deter individuals from taking the leap.

Skilled trades however, offer a unique and accessible path for those seeking a fulfilling career without extensive upfront investment or experience. Unlike some professions requiring years of higher education, many trades emphasise on-the-job training through apprenticeships. These programs allow you to earn while you learn, gaining valuable practical experience alongside seasoned professionals.

Additionally, compared to other fields, the trades often have lower formal education requirements, making them accessible to a wider range of individuals, regardless of their academic background. This combination of factors creates a lower barrier to entry for those interested in pursuing an apprenticeship and a rewarding career in the trades.

Interested in learning about apprenticeships? At Workskil Australia we help our customers discover the right apprenticeship for them. We provide support every step of the way, from registration, to work clothing and equipment, to apprenticeship job opportunities and beyond. Contact us to find out more.

Don't forget to explore our Resource Hub packed with valuable information on training and study options. You can also visit YourCareer to discover fee-free TAFE courses available.

Stability and Security

Once you are established and working towards your apprenticeship, the job opportunities at your fingertips are endless. The trades industry faces a critical skills shortage, leading to a higher demand for qualified technicians and tradespeople. With women comprising just 2% of on-the-tools trade roles, there's never been a better time to enter the industry and lead the way within a rapidly growing field.

What does this mean for newcomers to the industry?

  • Plenty of pathways - The trades offer a wide range of exciting jobs across different industries, levels, and locations. More to come on that later.
  • High job security – The trades skills gap translates to high demand and security for your future career. Your skills will be valued, ensuring a stable and rewarding path.
  • Make your mark as a woman - Tradeswomen are crucially needed to bridge the skills gap. By women joining the trades workforce, they'll be part of the solution, contributing to a more diverse and qualified industry.
  • Strong earning potential – Tradespeople have high earning potential thanks to job security, specialisation opportunities, and a growing demand for skilled workers.

Versatility and Mobility

The beauty of the trades lie in their versatility. They empower you to choose your path, whether it's mastering a specific trade within a small company, accumulating diverse skills across different industries, or building a network that unlock new opportunities.

As your skillset evolves within an apprenticeship, so too does your potential for progression and advancement. There are many different pathways you can take once you are established in your field that can lead to long-term, high-level positions in a range of areas, including:

  • Leadership and management - Guide project teams, manage operations, or become a CEO – lead the way in shaping the trades industry.
  • Entrepreneurship - Build your own empire – start a trade company or own a franchise and become your own boss.
  • Specialisation - Deepen your knowledge and become a master – focus on a niche within your trade.
  • Consultancy - Share your wisdom and expertise – advise businesses and individuals in trades, drawing on your years of experience.
  • Education and training - Pass on the torch – become an instructor or mentor, nurturing the next generation of skilled tradespeople.

Relocation and Exploration

Did you know that upon graduating from your apprenticeship, you receive a nationally recognised trade qualification? This means that you are not limited by geography for your job opportunities, you can work anywhere! In the current climate where tradespeople are extremely employable, this is your ticket to be more flexible and transient in your job search. Build roots in a new city or community, discover diverse regions, or maximise your earnings with fly-in, fly-out options; the choice is yours.

With over 50 locations around Australia, Workskil Australia can help you find your dream job, whether it's local or further afield we are there to support throughout the process. Contact our team to find out more.

Remember: this journey isn't simply about finding a job; it's about discovering and nurturing your potential, crafting a purposeful profession that aligns with your unique ambitions. Your journey may start with an apprenticeship, but your possibilities are limitless. The future of the trades industry for women is bright, diverse, and waiting for you to shape it. It's time to pick up your tools and rewrite the story – your story.

Next Steps with Workskil Australia

Ready to start your career working in a trade? We can connect you with exclusive information sessions, women-only construction courses and pre-employment programs, as well as pathways for women interested in non-traditional trades. Hundreds of women have already thrived in their trade of choice with our help, and you can too.

Don't just find a job, find a career with impact. Put on your hard hat, join the movement, and rewrite your own story. We're here to help you every step of the way. Speak to your employment consultant or contact us to find out how you can start your career as a tradeswoman.

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