Girls Try Out Trades Training

Girls Trade Day

Young women of Gippsland showed they are keen to try their hand at trades training when the Girls Make it Go! initiative made its annual visit to the regions local TAFE.

A group of female secondary school students visited GippsTAFE’s Yallourn Campus to see for themselves what is available in areas which have been traditionally male-dominated.

They loved every minute of it and by the end of the day, nearly all of the girls had decided that they would seriously consider pursuing a trade career.  As the sessions came to a close and the girls were asked if they had a good time there were plenty of smiles and a loud and resounding “yes” from the group.

Brought together by ‘Careers in Manufacturing’ and the Local Learning and Education Network, the idea of the day is to introduce young women to the opportunity to develop a skill that in years gone by was seen to be almost exclusively for men.

The students were given the opportunity to participate in hands-on automotive, engineering, painting, building and cabinet making workshops. They tried welding with the Metal Fabrication and Engineering department, stencilling with the Painting and Decorating department and all things in between.

Melinda Roberts, of GippsTAFE, who helped coordinatethe day, said the students were very enthusiastic.

“This day is vital for getting the word out to Gippsland’s young women that there is a place for them in the trade industries.  There are great opportunities available in the trades and really there are no barriers to them taking part.

“It was wonderful was to see them respond to the information they received and at the end of the day, I am hopeful we will see a number of the girls join a VET in Schools program in 2012 and look to pursue trade opportunities in the future.”