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Expanding options for women

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The department is committed to increasing the participation of women in non-traditional fields.

The department will provide funding to the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) Plumbing Division to increase the number of female apprentices in the plumbing industry.

The funding will be used by the CEPU to:

  • recruit and support up to 20 women as plumbing apprentices
  • coordinate blue card training for the apprentices before commencing placement with their employer
  • coordinate awareness and assertiveness training for the apprentices prior to placement with their employer, then on an annual basis for the term of their apprenticeship
  • facilitate a networking meeting each year for the apprentices
  • provide mentoring and site visits to each apprentice in their workplace and TAFE institute, which will occur at least six times in the first year and a minimum of four times in the following years of their apprenticeship.

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is also providing considerable support through its Women in Construction strategy designed to expand the opportunities for this group in the industry. In doing so, CSQ is providing funding and is working in collaboration with a range of industry stakeholders to deliver flexible programs designed to deliver the entry level skills and support needed for women to secure careers in the industry.

The department also created the initiative Your Future's Bright With a Trade, which is a range of resources published on the Apprenticeships Info website to assist in the promotion of trade training to under-represented groups. The target audience includes women, unemployed people and Indigenous people. A brochure was also developed to assist in promoting this initiative, which informs candidates of the advice, support and referrals available to under-represented groups interested in undertaking a trade.

The Women in Management initiative was also launched by the department to support women across the public and private sector to move into leadership roles. Part of this initiative is a customised training program for women who want to work in management or undertake higher level management positions. The training program, which leads to a Certificate IV in Frontline Management, was successfully piloted by Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE. This initiative also includes online resources for use by women, their employers and training organisations.

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