More grants now open to women in trades

Released 06/11/2018

Women in the ACT are being encouraged to give traditional trades a go, with new opportunities now available under the ACT Government’s Women in Trades Grants Program, which opened for round two applications today.

The ACT Government is committed to supporting local industry to improve the number of women in traditionally male dominated trades in a bid to improve the gender balance, quality and diversity of Canberra’s workforce.

The second round of the ACT Women in Trades Grant Program is now open for applications. Grant funding will be available on a competitive basis to support projects that contribute to achieving the program’s objectives.

“This is a great program that aims to support women to enter traditional trade industries. Often women might want to give it a go, but aren’t sure where to start,” said Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Meegan Fitzharris.

“These grants, which are now open for round two, provide women the opportunity to learn a traditional trade. Having more women in industry can be really beneficial to local employers, which many are starting to realise.

“In March 2018, the ACT Government launched round one of the Women in Trades Grants Program to improve gender balance in male dominated trades in Canberra.

“The first round of the program resulted in three projects that engaged up to 70 female participants in trade pre-apprenticeship programs and apprenticeships. This is a significant contribution to improving female representation in male dominated trades in the ACT.

“I heard some really great stories from women who got involved in a trade through the grants program, and are now well on their way to a fulfilling career here in Canberra on a worksite or as a tradesperson.

“I’d really encourage women keen to give a trade a go, and local industry stakeholders to find out more about the Women in Trades Grants Program. You never know where it might lead,” said Minister Fitzharris.

More information about the second round of the Grants Program and the application process can be found at:

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