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    More young women are taking up trades

    Women in trades

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    More young women are taking up trades in the Northeast, thanks to a local Wangaratta business.
    Evero Engineering’s new ‘Girls of Steel’ program teaches participants job-ready skills and helps them into male-dominated industries.
    Registrations are now open for the second intake of students. Those who are interested should register at www.bit.ly/girlsofsteel

    The Skill Engineer’s Girls of Steel at Wangaratta recruiting again

    Bringing women into trades with program

    Image: INTO WORK: The Skill Engineer is recruiting for its Girls of Steel program based in Wangaratta, aiming to get more women into male-dominated trades. Erin Ritchens is among the team that facilitates the program.

    Source: Border Mail, Ellen Ebsary

    Bringing women into trades with program

    After a highly successful first intake, a program assisting women to get into male-dominated trades is firing back up again.

    The Skill Engineer‘s Girls of Steel program supports females to gain apprenticeships in non-traditional trades.

    Recruitment recently opened for the 2022 program, based at Evero Engineering‘s Wangaratta campus.

    The free course involves a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways and a Cert I in Work Skills, undertaken in a local engineering workshop.

    It is available to women 17 and over and running during school hours within school terms over 12 months.

    The Skill Engineer managing director Brendan Ritchens said six out of 10 participants had immediately secured jobs an apprenticeships following the 2021 program.

    “It’s been pretty positive; they’re stoked that they’re getting work but along the way we’ve also been able to offer them paid experience with some of the projects that Evero Engineering are engaged in as well,” he said.

    “That gets them onto live worksites. It can be self-directed; if they have a good idea, we’ll nurture that, and there’s careers out there for it.

    “There’s so much work out there, and they’ll be supported all the way through.

    “We’re also expanding it to the Central Coast of NSW … that was set to happen earlier but COVID had locked us out of that region.”

    Just more than 12 per cent of the engineering labour workforce nationally is female; this project aims to foster gender diversity in the workplace.

    Mr Ritchens said the participants had brought so much value to his workplaces and that he was excited for the second iteration to get under way.

    “There are a lot of career opportunities in the engineering field and a lot of opportunity for advancement in the field once you’re in there,” he said.

    “We’ve got a list of local companies who have reached out and expressed interest in securing graduates from Girls of Steel to go into apprenticeships once the course finishes.

    “Don’t be turned off, thinking it’s a traditionally male-dominated field.”

    The course is project-based, including the manufacture of park furniture for councils, sculptures, trailers, signposts and bespoke letterboxes.

    Sheet metal fabrication, fitting and turning, welding, boiler making and mechanical fitting are among the skills in focus.

    Mr Ritchens said it was a very family friendly program and the needs of participants would be supported.

    Register interest in the Girls of Steel program at www.bit.ly/girlsofsteel

    Girls of Steel program offers route to apprenticeship

    girls of steel program offers route to apprenticeships

    Image: Career opportunities: The Girls of Steel program aims to encourage female participation and reduce barriers to increase women in trades. Photo: Steve Huntley

    Source: Benella Ensign.

    Girls of Steel program offers route to apprenticeship

    A new program assisting females to gain skills for an apprenticeship in non-traditional trades opens in Wangaratta this month.

    The Girls of Steel Program, facilitated by The Skill Engineer, aims to foster gender diversity in the workplace.

    Across Australia about 12 per cent of the engineering labour workforce is female.

    The Girls of Steel program combines training and job skills with the aim of employment on completion.

    The Skill Engineer managing director Brendan Ritchens said the premise was to encourage female participation and reduce barriers to increase women in trades.

    “The program is unique in the sense the girls are doing a course specifically aimed at women,” Mr Ritchens said.

    “The pastoral care of the student cohort is catered for.

    “They will be working in a live engineering industrial environment rather than a classroom.

    “The first intake of students were enthusiastic and embraced the style of learning that we offered.

    “Being quite different to a traditional TAFE model, they worked in a live workshop environment surrounded by other professionals doing commercial work at the same time as they were learning.

    “Students have been presented with opportunities to go out on job sites in a paid capacity on occasions to help reinforce the whole concept of what the course can offer.

    “We’ve got a list of local companies who have reached out and expressed interest in securing graduates from Girls of Steel to go into apprenticeships once the course finishes.

    “We’ve already transitioned three young women into trades and are extremely proud of them …

    “There are a lot of career opportunities in the engineering field and a lot of opportunity for advancement in the field once you’re in there.

    “Don’t be turned off thinking it’s a traditionally male-dominated field.”

    The free course is underpinned by a Certificate II in Engineering Pathways and a Certificate I in Work Skills, undertaken in a local engineering workshop.

    The course is project-based, including the manufacture of park furniture for councils, sculptures, trailers, signposts and bespoke letterboxes.

    The course is available for women aged 17 and over, and runs during school hours within school terms.

    Registrations are now open for the second intake of students. Those who are interested should register at www.bit.ly/girlsofsteel

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