Women in trades

Increasing the number of women and girls in trade apprenticeships.

Women are underrepresented in trades across a range of sectors. They make up only 2% of qualified workers in key industries, such as building and automotive.

By increasing women’s participation in trades where there is low representation, NSW can:

  • address skills shortages,
  • encourage broader career opportunities for all,
  • tackle gender discrimination in the workplace,
  • boost the state’s economy.

The NSW Behavioural Insights Unit has partnered with Training Services NSW to increase the recruitment of women in non-traditional trades.

Help shape the future of growing industries in NSW

Trade jobs are in high demand. Employers want to know how to attract more workers, including women.

Your feedback will help employers understand how to recruit more women and girls into trades.

Thank you for your feedback

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Increasing the number of women and girls in trade apprenticeships.

Women are underrepresented in trades across a range of sectors. They make up only 2% of qualified workers in key industries, such as building and automotive.

By increasing women’s participation in trades where there is low representation, NSW can:

  • address skills shortages,
  • encourage broader career opportunities for all,
  • tackle gender discrimination in the workplace,
  • boost the state’s economy.

The NSW Behavioural Insights Unit has partnered with Training Services NSW to increase the recruitment of women in non-traditional trades.

Help shape the future of growing industries in NSW

Trade jobs are in high demand. Employers want to know how to attract more workers, including women.

Your feedback will help employers understand how to recruit more women and girls into trades.

Thank you for your feedback

This engagement is now closed. Thank you for participating and sharing your thoughts and ideas. We are currently reviewing your feedback.

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Jessica, 19, was bound for a gap year travelling overseas and then onto university. But things change. COVID-19 put a stop to her travel plans. And a stint of work experience helped confirm that a VET pathway was what she wanted to pursue. With the support of her family, Jessica is now an apprentice plumber earning, learning and helping to change perceptions about the work women do. Her advice is not to underestimate yourself and to find out what different jobs are really like. Jessica enjoys her apprenticeship and the industry she’s joined. One day she may run her own company.



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