Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Backs Wyndham Employment Project for Vulnerable Women and Girls | Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Backs Wyndham Employment Project for Vulnerable Women and Girls

Media Release
10 December 2020

The Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation today welcomed the support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, which has announced $70,000 towards establishing a special project in the City of Wyndham.

Janet Cribbes, Chair, Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation

The Wyndham project will provide assistance to vulnerable women and girls leaving school and needing advice and practical help to obtain an apprenticeship.

Janet Cribbes, Chair of Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation said, the generous support of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation with a donation $70,000 towards the project, meant the project would be able to commence in early January.

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Dr Catherine Brown OAM said the Foundation has always been committed to assisting the community through tough social times since the Foundation was formed in 1923.

“The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is aware that women have been greatly affected economically by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to assist women to have access to new job opportunities in trades, including in major recovery projects such as social and community housing construction and clean technology. We are very pleased to support Tradeswomen Australia,” Dr Brown said.

Susan Alberti AC, Patron of Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation said, “Work within the trades is well paid with trade qualifications and skills providing opportunities for a career path, and in many cases becomes the foundation for women to start their own business creating local economic activity and economic security for women.”

Janet Cribbes said the strength of the program is based on the close links of Tradeswomen Australia and the Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation which provides a seamless, connected path to a coordinated program including:

  1. Structured and ongoing mentoring of women actively engaged in trade roles within the industry sectors through collaborative support of employers and industry to increase retention and facilitate ongoing employment within the industry.

  2. Resilience training and career pathway education for female youth disengaged or at risk of being disengaged from high schools.

“The lack of representation of women apprentices/trainees in the non-traditional trades, especially in the core trades of carpentry, electrical and plumbing, has remained less than 2% for over twenty-five years,” Ms Cribbes said.

Media Enquiries:

Ron Smith, Media Communications, Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation
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Representatives of the Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation:

Dr Catherine Brown OAM, CEO, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
Susan Alberti AC, Patron, Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation
Kendra Heil, Ambassador, Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation
Fiona McDonald, Managing Director, Tradeswomen Australia, Board Member of the TWA Community Foundation