Women in trades
At TAFE Queensland we're passionate about encouraging and empowering more girls and women to consider pursuing a trade pathway.
Women seeking broader job opportunities, stable employment and hands-on careers are taking up apprenticeships and helping to fill a number of skills shortages.
TAFE Queensland is proud to work with government, industry and employers to support a pipeline of talented women and girls into careers in male-dominated trade industries.
Belinda Imhof completed an apprenticeship in her 40s, ditching office admin work for a hands-on plumbing career.
Elisabeth Matters is a confident young Torres Strait Islander woman who knows her way around a workshop. Elisabeth has her sights set on building a successful carpentry career.
Brittney Bellingham spent her childhood hobby welding and now has a successful boilermaking career.
Rach Brooker is in a league of her own. As a qualified female diesel fitter, she represents just one per cent of her industry's national workforce. Rach loves her job and is encouraging more girls and women to pursue the trade.
At 14, Amy Smith started gaining hands-on experience in an automotive workshop to pursue her goal of becoming a mechanic.
Interacting with an electrician at the holiday park she was managing flicked a switch inside Leah O'Connor and convinced her to become a sparky.
Refrigeration technician Jennah Halley is making her mark in a male-dominated industry. Jennah wants her kids and women to feel empowered to stand out from the crowd and pursue their goals.
After 10 years running her own music school, Rachael Turner decided to pursue her childhood passion for construction. She now runs her own design and construction business, Front Porch Properties.
Described as a once in a lifetime apprentice, Abi Winter is making her mark as a fitter and turner.
Engineering apprentice Kirra Balderston is shooting for the stars at Gilmour Space Technologies thanks to TAFE Queensland.
TAFE Queensland's Women in Welding (NONAC03170) course is forging new career paths for women into male-dominated industries.
TAFE Queensland is providing trade career pathways for women with its Women In Construction program.
Our industry connections
The National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) and TAFE Queensland have partnered to develop and deliver a Diversity and Inclusion Awareness program. This program aims to support male-dominated trade industries by supplying these industries with the tools to make a cultural shift.
Are you a tradie trailblazer? We love hearing from our female apprentices and trade graduates. Get in contact and tell us about your study journey and career goals.