Earlier this month, not-for-profit apprenticeships provider VERTO partnered with the Department of Education to deliver two Try-A-Trade events at Chester Hill High School and Cabramatta High School in Western Sydney.
Around 70 students were given the opportunity to try their hand at five different trades, including carpentry, mechanical, horticulture, gas operations and spray painting and coating systems.
As well as trade displays, the events included a panel of female tradeswomen and information sessions to help raise awareness of apprenticeships and visibility of women in trades.
VERTO CEO Ron Maxwell thanked the Department of Education for organising the events, adding that these initiatives are critical for students to gain hands-on experience and spark their interest in the trade industries.
“We know that when students are given the opportunity to see, learn and try a trade, they are more likely to consider and ultimately apply for an apprenticeship,” he said.
“This is even more important for females who may not have ever considered an apprenticeship pathway or a career in male dominated trades.”
The next Try-A-Trade event will be held at John Edmondson High School in Horningsea Park on Wednesday, 5 April 2023.
For more information, visit: https://www.verto.org.au/our-services/women-in-trades
VERTO is a community owned, not-for-profit organisation delivering a range of apprenticeship, community support, employment and training services to assist individuals, employers and industries. We can be found in over 60 locations across the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria. For more information, visit verto.org.au.