Tools to help girls move into apprenticships

HIGH school girls will get career advice from tradie ladies, as part of a state government push to boost the number of women in "non-traditional" jobs.

 

HIGH school girls will get career advice from tradie ladies, as part of a state government push to boost the number of women in "non-traditional" jobs.

Minister for Women Pru Goward will today announce that career advisers in schools will be given information on how to steer women into trades. The resource package includes lesson plans, profiles and video case studies that career advisers can pass on to young women interested in pursuing a trade.

Only 13 per cent of trade apprentices in NSW are women.

Victoria Waring, who owns her own painting business Ms Fix, said she had a difficult time entering a trade. She was a veterinary nurse for 10 years before beginning a painting apprenticeship.

"My careers adviser wasn't very helpful, and I was knocked back a couple of times because when I left school I wanted to be a builder, but no-one would put me on," she said. "It was 10 years before I built up the confidence to get into a trade.

"That was 15 years ago."

Ms Goward said it was important that girls in high schools be given as much information as possible about their future career.

"Many non-traditional industries are experiencing growth and skills shortages. For people with these skills, it can often mean good money and the opportunity to set up a small business allowing flexible working arrangements and the opportunity to travel the world," she said.

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