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North Coast TAFE is proud to lead the way in supporting women to get a trade based construction qualification and bust the myths around women in construction.
On the North Coast of NSW, the construction industry is the region’s third biggest employer. Trades are always in demand and can have great salaries and travel options.
With support from trainers and employers, women can identify career paths to follow which might include site management, team leadership, or running their own business.
Construction or trades work can be physically demanding, but North Coast TAFE teaches innovative ways to work smarter rather than harder.
While most trades are physically demanding, great training can help women think laterally about how to get the tools and machinery to do the work – not rely on muscle. This is important for all tradies to minimise risk of injury.
Life on a construction site is not for the faint hearted. Job sites are traditionally dominated by males, and despite progress, some men don’t expect to see a female tradie on site.
Many of our students and apprentices find they encounter some initial scepticism, but as they prove their worth, gender is no longer an issue.
North Coast TAFE have a range of graduates who are trailblazers in their industries and are role models to encourage more women to pursue a construction career.
Women and men can have a natural aptitude for a particular trade – but most people need to be taught and get their start through a trade apprenticeship such as carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing or electrical.
Women don’t get special treatment. The challenges of getting qualifications and completing apprenticeships in construction and trades is the same for males and females. It takes commitment, a willingness to learn and to balance on-the-job demands with ongoing training.
A champion for women in construction
With strong industry ties, we work closely with employers and business leaders to promote the value of women in construction and trades.
North Coast TAFE is proving gender is no barrier to building your construction career, being a high achieving apprentice or student and setting yourself up as an industry leader of tomorrow.