Students encouraged to explore trades

The program, organized in consultation with the Construction Industry Training Council (CITB), will cover carpentry, tiling, painting and decorating and carte blanche activities over four days.

The Try A Trade program also allows participants, from high schools involved in doorways2construction’s vocational education and training (VET) program, to familiarize themselves with TAFE SA facilities and learn more about the training possibilities. .

Prime Minister Steven Marshall said it was a great opportunity for young women to try out some skills that are much in demand in South Africa.

“The record $ 17.9 billion investment in infrastructure by the Marshall Liberal government is sparking a wave of job creation statewide,” said Premier Marshall.

“There is a huge demand for skilled workers from companies looking to take full advantage of the opportunities offered, so this is a fantastic time to consider a career in building and construction. “

Education Minister John Gardner praised CITB and TAFE SA for their work to encourage more women in the construction industry.

“The fastest growing areas of employment in our economy require employees with technical skills and we are reforming VET for students to improve quality and better align student pathways with future careers” , said Minister Gardner.

“It’s fantastic to see these young women exploring their career options in an area they may not have previously considered as part of the Try a Trade program at the Tonsley campus of TAFE SA.”

Innovation and Skills Minister David Pisoni said South Australia leads the country in the growth of apprentices and trainees, including the participation of women.

“The latest figures from the National Vocational Education Research Center show South Australia has increased the number of female apprentices and trainees by 25.8% in the past year alone,” said Minister Pisoni.

“The unemployment rate for women recently reached 4.4%, the best in 13 years, as more women take on non-traditional jobs. “

TAFE SA Managing Director David Coltman said the training provider is happy to work with CITB to deliver the Try A Trade program.

“Try A Trade is an interactive way for students to learn more about the industry and get a feel for the skills involved,” Mr. Coltman said.

“We are seeing a growing interest from women in traditionally male dominated fields, and we would like to encourage more to consider careers in the trades.

“Our goal is to increase the number of apprentices and trainees to ensure a diverse and well-trained workforce for current and future jobs in the state. “

The CITB hosts Try A Trade sessions as part of its flagship Doorways2construction program for schools, which gives students the opportunity to learn new skills, use tools and equipment, and speak with professional artisans. .

A record $ 26 million was invested by the CITB this fiscal year in its annual training plan, including more than $ 1.2 million for its school program.

“The doorways2construction initiative is designed to attract students to the construction industry, where they can build meaningful careers in everything from carpentry and tiling to painting and plumbing,” said the president. from CITB, Maree Wauchope.

“This year, our Try a Trade program has been expanded to include a female component, offering a training schedule for young women interested in the trades. This is an important initiative in partnership with government and industry to ensure that we are doing everything we can to secure the next generation of apprentices.

This first all-female Try A Trade program strengthens TAFE SA’s support for women in non-traditional occupations and coincides with the start of a new marketing campaign designed to increase participation in pre-apprenticeship courses (Certificate II).

The marketing campaign will include a digital and social media focus on female heroes – TAFE SA graduates working in the industry.
TAFE SA’s pre-apprenticeship course, Certificate II in Construction Pathways, currently has 53 students, an increase of 1.3% from the previous year.

Overall, 756 female students are currently enrolled in courses at TAFE SA’s Tonsley Campus, which provides a world-class vocational training infrastructure for the building and construction industry.

The top five courses for women’s participation in Tonsley are the Diploma in Interior Design, Certificate IV in Interior Design, Diploma in Building Design, Certificate IV in Building Design Drawing, and Certificate III in electrotechnical electrician.

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