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Women in trades


The increasing support of women working in trades brings female empowerment to a once male dominated industry. Rewind 10 years and seeing a female on site would be uncommon and for some, a shock to the system.

With growing support from industry, women are challenging the social stigma and choosing trades and non-traditional professions more than ever. You can find women working in automotive, plumbing, electrical, carpentry, refrigeration, horticulture, construction, and more.

Reaping the rewards, a fulfilling career in the trades industry can provide many benefits. What will a career in trades mean for you?

  • Gain a skill for life. Qualified trade skills are always in high demand with strong industry growth providing job security
  • Flexible working hours
  • Competitive salary
  • No two days are the same and you can have a different workplace nearly every day

The trade industry encourages workplace diversity with growing support for women in trades. There are industry groups that promote and support tradeswomen:

Where to begin?


If you’re unsure whether you’re ready to commit to a career in trades, a pre-apprenticeship is a great way to trial the industry and make an informed decision about pursuing a trade. Pre-apprenticeships vary in duration depending on the course, with some offering a work placement.

Apprenticeship or Traineeship

Taking on an apprenticeship or traineeship will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge you need for your career. As you will need to be employed while you learn, this is a great way to get paid while gaining an accredited qualification.

Box Hill Institute offers trade courses developed from partnerships with industry and the community. Learn from highly committed and qualified teachers who are experts in the field with years of hands on experience to ensure you learn from the best. Box Hill Institute provides industry standard facilities and equipment that will prepare you for your career with work ready skills and techniques.