Girls in Hard Hats Try a Trade


Within the Education & Mentoring Committee of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) we are focusing on high school students in their early years of high school – sowing the seed of interest in trades, for when they leave school.

Last week in Queensland, I was honoured to be a guest on the Women in Industry panel at the Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre and Office for Women Try a Trade Day.  The “Girls in Hard Hats – Try a Trade Day” was a great success apart from the deluge of rainfall!

Girls came to the workshop in Caloundra from various high schools in the area. They rotated in groups around Bricklaying, Cabinet making, Carpentry, Electrical, Plumbing and Tiling.

Whilst I flitted from one trade to another, being the ex-brickie I kept going back and watching the girls at the ABBTF Become a Bricklayer area.  It was great to see them giving it a go and the feedback was extremely positive.  Several schools that attended have already booked in for next year which is great!

Check out all the photos from the day in the Flicker folder  ‘Girls in Hard Hats’.  I take my ‘hard hat’ off to Tracie and all involved in making the day such a success.

Stacey Rimene
General Manager
BBC Homes


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