The Hon Stuart Robert MP
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business
Senator The Hon Jane Hume
Minister for Women’s Economic Security
Senator The Hon Amanda Stoker
Senator for Queensland
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
Tuesday, 8 March 2022
Morrison Government backing young women
to try a trade at Queensland schools
Young women will soon try their hands at trades in schools across Queensland, thanks to a series of workshops with a mission of inspiring women and girls into trades careers.
The Morrison Government’s National Careers Institute has partnered with not-for-profit organisation Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) to deliver hands-on workshops to highlight career pathways in the construction industry to women. Qualified tradespeople will guide students through making a trades project, teaching the safe use of tools for measuring, cutting and assembling.
Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert, said SALT’s work to boost the profile of vocational education and training was vital to skilling up the next generation of Australians.
‘These workshops are supporting more women to train and work in the trades, which will be incredibly important for our skills-led economic recovery,’ Minister Robert said.
‘They also underline the role the vocational education and training sector plays in equipping young people with job-ready skills.
Minister for Women’s Economic Security, Jane Hume said increasing women’s workforce participation is one of the Morrison Government’s key priorities and getting more women in trades was an important part of that effort.
‘Seeing more women ‘on the tools’ is terrific. They’re hugely in demand skills that will set them up for a lifetime of success. Breaking down barriers to female participation in VET, we are helping to deliver the highly-skilled workforce our nation needs for the future. It’s good for women, good for families, and good for Australia,’ Minister Hume said.
Assistant Minister to the Attorney-General, Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations and Assistant Minister for Women, Queensland Senator Amanda Stoker welcomed the trade roadshow and encouraged Queensland women to consider taking up a trade.
‘Trades open doors to high-paying careers with diverse prospects, particularly in Queensland, so I’d love to see more local women getting involved,” Assistant Minister Stoker said.
‘Technicians and trade workers are the second most in-demand occupational group in our state today, seeing more than 7,600 job ads in January.’
In Queensland, 28 per cent of apprentices and trainees are women, with nearly 21,000 women currently in training. This is an increase of 51 per cent since 2020 and is still on the rise, as the Government invests a record $7.8 billion in skills this financial year.
Under the $2 billion JobTrainer Fund, more than 35,245 Queensland women have enrolled in free or low-fee training, a number that is expected to grow. Nationally, the proportion of female apprentices and trainees in training is now at 28 per cent, with 102,000 female apprentices and trainees in training – the highest number since 2014.
SALT will be holding nine workshops for Queensland schools this March. The Australian Government’s National Careers Institute has funded SALT to deliver workshops across the country.
The National Careers Institute was established to ensure people have access to authoritative and accurate careers information and support irrespective of their age or career stage.
Visit the NCI’s Your Career website to be connected to further education, training or work options to support your career goals.