Fact: A "non-traditional" occupation for women is one in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employment.
It’s no longer a man’s world. Women are increasing their representation in occupations that used to be considered ‘’men’s work” such as engineering, information technology and horticulture, according to research undertaken by Women NSW. Other key industries seen as “non-traditional” domains for females including the automotive, building and construction, manufacturing and rural sectors are making a concerted effort to encourage greater numbers of women and girls.
If you are considering a role in a male-dominated field there are plenty of resources to help you get started, here’s a few to begin with:
Women NSW is committed to increasing the number of NSW women in male-dominated trades. Their office is developing strategies to encourage women and girls to undertake and complete training and to maintain employment as a tradesperson into the future. Their Girls in Trades page is a great place to watch some video profiles of real women and girls who are doing trades.
Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) is a non-profit incorporated organisation which began in 2009 to provide a support network for tradeswomen, apprentices and women who wish to enter the trades.
Trade Up Australia is a West-Australian-based volunteer organisation run by women for women to encourage females to explore the skilled trades as a viable career option. The Trade Up team connect women, apprentices and female tradesmen through their meet up events and online forums featuring successful and passionate female tradies Visit the Trade Up website to find out more about how they can support you, to learn about their networking events and hand and power tool workshops.
Women NSW is committed to increasing the number of NSW women in male-dominated trades. Their office is developing strategies to encourage women and girls to undertake and complete training and to maintain employment as a tradesperson into the future.
National Association of Women in Construction
- This association endeavours to improve the construction industry via the advancement of women.
ALINK – Building and construction apprenticeships in NSW
Information on apprenticeships in the building and construction industry.
Construct My Career – Careers in Building and Construction
Information on careers in building and construction.
Make It! – Careers in Manufacturing
Information on careers and apprenticeships in the manufacturing industry.
Energy Skills Australia – Careers in Energy
Information on careers and apprenticeships in the electricity generation, electricity supply, electrotechnology and gas supply.
H2Oz – Careers in Water
Information on trade careers in the water industry.
Career profile videos
Take a look behind the scenes at some of our Career profile videos which will give you some great information about careers you may not have thought about yet: