Victorian Skills Authority Supported Could Help Boost Women in the Trades | Tradeswomen Australia Community Foundation

Victorian Skills Authority Supported Could Help Boost Women in the Trades

“Getting more women into the trades area would see them taking home a weekly pay, earning up to $80 to $90 an hour, which would be life changing, as part of a growing need for skilled trades to rebuild Victoria’s economy” – Fiona McDonald, Managing Director, Tradeswomen Australia.

Tradeswomen Australia have welcomed the announcement that the Victorian Government will establish a Victorian Skills Authority.

Fiona McDonald, Managing Director of Tradeswomen Australia, said the formation of the Victorian Skills Authority is a positive, practical and timely initiative to address the lack of skills in the trades. “As we come out of the COVID pandemic and the economy is set to expand, there will be an increasing demand for qualified and skilled trades men and women.”

Ms McDonald said the establishment of the Victorian Skills Authority could also provide valuable opportunities and a focus to increase the number of women in the trades, which has become part of Victorian and Federal Government policies.

“Participation of women as apprentices/trainees in the non-traditional trades, especially the core trades of construction, automotive and electrical, has remained at less than 2% and has changed little over the last 25 years.  

“The National Skills Needs List (2019) listed 65 trades that are experiencing national skills shortages. Of those, 62 can be classed as male-dominated trades; only 3 could be classed as female-dominated,” Ms McDonald said.

“Getting more women into the trades area would see them taking home a weekly pay, earning up to $80 to $90 an hour, which would be life changing, as part of a growing need for skilled trades to rebuild Victoria’s economy.”

Tradeswomen Australia supports and welcomes the formation of the Victorian Skills Authority, Ms McDonald said.

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