Posted on September 14, 2018
Since Supporting And Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) started in 2009, it has become slightly easier for women to gain apprenticeships but we still have a long way to go until there are equal opportunities for women in the trades. SALT is a non-profit incorporated organisation, which began to provide a support network for tradeswomen, apprentices and women who wish to enter the trades.
The aims of SALT are:
•Providing support to tradeswomen in Australia including apprentices and women seeking to work in the trades.
•Providing avenues for women to meet other tradeswomen, apprentices etc and share experiences.
•Promoting women in the trades to the general public and industry.
•Advocating for change to attitudes to women working in the trades.
•Campaigning for changes which enable women to train and work in the trades.
•Promoting diversity and acceptance for all people in the trades,
SALT has always encouraged men to join, as we believe the way forward is men and women working together where gender is not the issue.
It’s well known that we have a skills shortage in Australia in most trades. Well, that shouldn’t come as a surprise when we all but leave out half the potential workforce.
Please contact your Open Access College Student Wellbeing Leader (83093680) for more information about pathways into trades and for help organising work experience. Also if you would like to do some volunteering to try out a particular trade.
The above information is taken directly from the SALT webpage – the link is at the bottom of this page. Remember – gone are the days when girls had be nurses or teachers. Be part of the change that you want to see in the world.