SOUTH Coast Workplace Learning and it partners are working to get more young women from the Far South Coast into trades normally the preserve of men.
But they can’t do it without local landscapers, plumbers and mechanics opening their workshops to these keen young women.
“We are hoping to encourage young girls to try non-traditional trades – by getting them into work experience positions leading into traineeships and apprenticeships,” project coordinator Orit Karny Winters said.
“I’m calling on all employers to help our local girls give this a go!”
Ms Karny Winters currently has lined up girls from Bega, Moruya and Narooma ready to go and now she needs trade-based businesses to support them.
She said there had been huge student interest with many female high-school students willing to try work experience and hopefully eventually a trade.
The trades being targeted include chef, gardener/landscaper, plasterer, electrician, carpenter/joiner, motor mechanic/auto electrician, welder/metal worker, tiler, glazier and boat builder.
There are a range of financial incentives and other support for employers for recruiting and supporting a school-based apprentice or trainee if they choose to take on one of the work experience girls on a more permanent basis.
The program is funded in part by Women NSW within the NSW Government’s Family and Community Service department.
You can find out more at www.scwl.org.au or by calling Orit on 0402 866 441 and Steve on 4474 5134.