A career in trades is not just for the boys!

Women in Trades CC Tile

More and more women are seeking out jobs in traditionally male-dominated trades industries like building and mining and finding out that these are fantastic industries for everyone.

Right now there are jobs on the West Coast across a range of trades industries and we’re seeing more women interested in getting started in a hands-on career. There are no barriers for women in these jobs, with diversity in the workplace expanding across many sectors.

We recently had a local tradie in to talk with Tai Poutini Polytechnic’s budding carpentry students, and four of the students in the room were women. They are excited by the job opportunities out there right now and are finding out that it’s a great industry for everyone. There are plenty of women doing great things in areas that were once thought of as “for the boys” and we want to encourage people to consider all options when thinking about their future.

Right now, women make up 51% of the population but only 19% of construction roles and just 2.6% of all people in trades-based roles. There’s plenty of room for that number to grow, especially as New Zealand’s construction industry is experiencing a nationwide skills shortage. We know there are jobs out there and there are lots of reasons that women can fill these, bringing diversity and a broader range of experience and knowledge to the industry.

Here at the Coast Connect Employment and Career Hub (at the Polytechnic’s Greymouth campus), we’re available to help anyone with guidance and advice for enrolling in training and looking for a careers in trades.

With more women showing an interest in trades-related training, we’re also considering setting up some focused community meetings where women in leadership roles in our community can share their stories, hear from others and offer encouragement and support.

In the meantime, there’s plenty of inspiration, ideas and support to be had for women pursing new and interesting careers options on the West Coast. You’ll find some great info from Women in Trades, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes trades and trades training for woman to pursue their career pathways and to support employers on hiring, supporting and developing woman in trades roles – https://www.womenintradesnz.com/. CareersNZ also offers information on trades-related pathways and great stories about people working in the industry https://www.careers.govt.nz/articles/raukawa-paama-plumbing-apprentice/

And don’t forget, you can always drop into the Greymouth Coast Connect Employment and Career Hub or coastconnect.co.nz to find out more.