An innovative ‘Celebrating Women in Trades Day’ aimed at increasing female apprenticeship participation will be launched in Brisbane on International Women’s Day, Tuesday March 8.
Female job seekers, high school students, apprentices and Industry representatives are invited to attend the free Roma Street Parklands event between 11am and 2pm.
Activities include:

  • Hands-on trade activities
  • Speed mentoring with industry and trade leaders
  • ‘Wellness’ activities such as safety and resilience building
  • Tool demonstrations
  • Networking with other tradeswomen
  • Meeting employers and Apprenticeship Services
  • Presentations from inspirational female speakers with trade backgrounds

 “Females represent 49% of the population, but just 2.9% of apprentices and trainees – they’re a largely untapped pool of valuable employees,” said ECA’s Program Manager Heather Russell.
“The 2016 Celebrating Women in Trades day is the perfect opportunity for industry to engage with future apprentices, and promote the personal and professional advantages of a trade career.”
Among the guest speakers will be plumbing apprentice and single mother, Chelsea Sala, who swapped hairdressing scissors for a tool belt when she realised she wasn’t cut out for a salon career.
“I think being a woman is a great selling point especially to female customers who aren’t comfortable dealing with a male tradesman in their home,” said Chelsea.
A joint initiative of East Coast Apprenticeships (ECA) and Brisbane City Council, sponsors include BUSY At Work, and ‘eve’ Workwear. Exhibiting on the day will be Brisbane-based ‘she wear’, female plumbing service Plumbettes, and the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation.
To register, or obtain a program of events, email ECA’s Females in Trade team at
“Our aim is to show young women there are no barriers stopping them from building a successful trade career,” said Ms Russell.
Celebrating Women in Trades Day
Tuesday 8th March
11.00am – 2.00pm
Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane (Amphitheather A)