Women invited to get a ‘trade taste’

WOMEN make up only two per cent of qualified trade workers in key Australian industries such as construction and automotive – a statistic that PCYC Auburn Youth Case Manager, Senior Constable Gabriella Di Marino, is hoping to change through her Women in Trades pilot program.
Created in conjunction with Macquarie Fields TAFE, the free, seven-week ‘trade taster’ program is on offer for females of all ages, starting on February 15 and held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Including first aid and White Card training, the unit of competency required to work safely In the construction industry, the program will cover aspects of civil construction, power tools, woodwork, mechanics, incident management, painting, horticulture and more.
Course attendees will also receive a uniform and employment support.
A graduation ceremony is planned for March 31, where offers of further training or work for successful applicants will be made.
Constable Di Marino says it is a great opportunity to give young women the knowledge about what trades exist and how to develop skills in those areas.
“Whether you’re fresh out of high school, or looking to change careers, learning a trade is a great pathway to a well paid, rewarding career,” she said.
“It will be fantastic to see these young women explore their career options in a field they perhaps haven’t previously considered.”
Community Service organisations are also invited to get involved.
To find out more or to register for the course, call Auburn PCYC on 9475 3100.