Girls in trades in action

THE Girls in Trades project is working with local businesses to provide opportunities for interested young women in a range of male dominated trades.

“When asked to participate in the ‘Girls in Trades’ Project, Club Narooma jumped at the chance,” Club Narooma general manager Tony Casu said.

“Every year we support work experience for Year 10 students wishing to try their hand at hospitality and green keeping and it is always very interesting to watch the transformation as their perceptions change with a small dose of reality in how the industry really does work.

“I would like to think the experience helps young people when they eventually leave school and head into the workforce. 

“Programs like ‘Girls in Trades’ is an extremely valuable tool in the girl’s personal development and their future employment choices,” he said.

Through the Girls in Trades Project, girls were told about the significant employment and career opportunities that exist in the following trades where women are currently under-represented:  chef, gardener, plasterer, electrician, carpenter and joiner, motor mechanic and electrician, welder, metal worker, tiler, glazier, and boat builder.

The Girls in Trades project is an initiative of South Coast Workplace Learning with funding from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services under their ‘Investing in Women’ program.

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