With the numbers of women starting in trades stagnating, the ACT Government has launched a funding initiative designed to improve the gender balance in these traditionally male-dominated industries.
Half a million dollars has been allocated to the Women in Trades Program Fund which aims to boost the number of women starting an apprenticeship in trades like building, plumbing, automotive, engineering and electro-technology in Canberra.
“This is a great program that’s all about creating more jobs and bringing more diversity to a range of industries here in Canberra,” said ACT Training Minister Meegan Fitzharris.
“In the last 10 years, the number of women seeking apprenticeships in trade areas like carpentry and plumbing has stagnated around one per cent,” Ms Fitzharris said.
“Obviously women have the capacity to do these jobs, so I’d love to see this improve.
“Boosting the number of women starting an apprenticeship in the trades isn’t just about fostering gender equality – it’s about strengthening these industries by widening and diversifying their talent pool, and understanding the best practices for recruiting and retaining women in trades.”
Applications are now open for the Women in Trades Grants Program and close at 4 pm on April 17.
Grant funding will be available on a competitive basis to support highly targeted projects that contribute to achieving positive outcomes for women seeking to enter trades.
Ms Fitzharris said that around $500,000 will be available to eligible organisations over three years and applicants are encouraged to match the funds received.
Organisations seeking funding can click here for more information about the grants program, information sessions and the application process.