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Operation Protect and Preserve

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Tradeswomen Australia

Tradeswomen Australia Backs Government’s COVID-19 Strategies

Tradeswomen Australia today said it is vital to support the Federal and Victorian Government’s strategies against coronavirus and has welcomed the Government’s support for apprentices and employees.

Fiona McDonald, Managing Director of Tradeswomen Australia said it is important to protect apprentices from the loss of their apprenticeships, or having them interrupted for a long period, which may result in them forfeiting their chosen career as they are forced to pursue work in other areas. 

“Apprentices who have partly completed their training and qualifications have made a big investment in their future and it is important they are given the opportunity to complete their qualifications.” 

Ms McDonald said tradespeople and apprentices out of work or impacted by the work interruptions are also encouraged to register for Tradeswomen Australia’s ‘Operation Protect and Preserve’. 

Tradeswomen Australia will be providing one on one support to help workers get back into the workforce, access financial support and address concerns relating to redundancy. 

“A range of events will be available on the website to address ongoing concerns from apprentices and supporting mental health, safety and resilience during these distressing times.”

Ms McDonald said the current national environment on many levels is incredibly stressful and it is vital to recognise that mental health will become an increasing issue. RUOK? is an important question to ask if you believe a colleague or workmate is struggling.    

The Tradeswomen Australia Operation Protect and Preserve apprentice action sheet listed: 

1.   REGISTER – On the Apprentice displacement portals

2.   FINANCIAL SUPPORT – Check what Financial support is available

3.   REDUCE YOUR BILLS – Get your budget under control

4.   UPDATE YOUR RESUME – List all your experience

5.   USE SOCIAL MEDIA- Reach out you to friends and acquaintances

6.   NETWORK – Make a list of relevant contacts

7.   APPLY - Go to Tradeswomen Australia Job’s Portal and register.

8.   LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – These organisations provide free services to support you

Register for ‘Operation Protect and Preserve’ on the Tradeswomen Australia website – www.tradeswomenaustralia.com.au

Ms McDonald said the organisation would also promote the use of the Australian Government’s Coronavirus app to assist apprentices and their families remain safe and provide life saving information whilst also helping the tracing detectives save lives.  

·     ·        stay up to date with the official information and advice

·     ·        important health advice to help stop the spread and stay healthy

·     ·        get a quick snapshot of the current official status within Australia

·     ·        check your symptoms if you are concerned about yourself or someone else

·     ·        find relevant contact information

·     ·        access updated information from the Australian Government

·     ·        receive notifications of urgent information and updates

Coronavirus Australia app

Stay up to date with official information and advice about the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. You can check your symptoms and get notified when urgent information and updates are published.

Get the app


Media Enquiries:
Ron Smith, Media Communications, Tradeswomen Australia – Mobile: 0417 329 201

 
 
   

Protecting Australia’s Apprentices

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It is vital to maintain as many apprenticeships as possible to retain the skill levels to rebuild the national social and economic foundations of Australia.  

Second right: Fiona McDonald, Managing Director of Tradeswomen Australia meets with young women apprentices in training at Box Hill Institute.

Tradeswomen Australia has moved to support young women apprentices across Australia and has implemented ‘Operation Protect and Preserve' in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic deteriorating national economic and employment conditions. 

Fiona McDonald, Managing Director of Tradeswomen Australia, a national body formed to increase the employment of women in the trades, said, the organisation supports Government and Industry strategies to assist women apprentices to maximise their employment opportunities. 

“The current economic devastation is at a national level we have never seen in modern Australia,” Ms McDonald said.

“For young men and women apprentices, just starting or partly through qualifying for their future career, the current level of uncertainty creates many significant challenges and could force apprentices to abandon or be forced from their current chosen careers.” 

“Tradeswomen Australia strongly supports the Government and Industry position to maintain as many apprenticeships as possible to retain the skills levels in Australia to rebuild the social and economic foundations of Australia. 

Operation Protect and Preserve will bring together a range of services which will be made available through Tradeswomen Australia in conjunction with its industry partners and government departments  

“Ranging from a simple one page eight-point plan to online seminars, and access to a free job portal and major social media promotions, Operation Protect and Preserve is also aimed providing a growing social footprint for the increasing number of women who choose a career in the trades.” 

Ms McDonald said with the COVID-!9 pandemic, the current levels of uncertainty can be stressful, and it is vital to recognise that mental health will become an increasing issue. RUOK? is an important question to ask if you believe a colleague or workmate is struggling.    

Ms McDonald said the Tradeswomen Australia Operation Protect and Preserve apprentice action sheet listed: 

1.   REGISTER – On the Apprentice displacement portals 
2.   FINANCIAL SUPPORT – Check what Financial support is available 
3.   REDUCE YOUR BILLS – Get your budget under control 
4.   UPDATE YOUR RESUME – List all your experience 
5.   USE SOCIAL MEDIA- Reach out you to friends and acquaintances 
6.   NETWORK – Make a list of relevant contacts 
7.   APPLY - Go to Tradeswomen Australia Job’s Portal and register. 
8.   LOOK AFTER YOURSELF – These organisations provide free services to support you 

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Media Enquiries:
Ron Smith, Media Communications, Tradeswomen Australia – 
Mobile: 0417 329 201
 
   

Women Urged To Consider Trades Apprenticeships and Jobs

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Girls completing school at the end of the year are being urged to consider trade apprenticeships or employment in the trades areas to take advantage of the Federal Government's $2 billion skills push amid deepening unemployment. 


Fiona McDonald
Managing Director
Tradeswomen Australia 

Fiona McDonald, Managing Director of Tradeswomen Australia said, the investment commitment by the Federal Government provides a major opportunity to increase the number of women apprentices /trainees in the core trades of carpentry, automotive and electrical, which has remained at less than 2% for over twenty-five years.

Ms McDonald, who trained as a motor mechanic, said "currently, one of the major challenges is overcoming the lack of knowledge at school level and with parents, that women have the potential and the ability to have successful, rewarding careers in the trades.

"Given the large numbers of job losses which will impact on women's employment, it is an important time for women to explore wider horizons for employment in the trades." 

Tradeswomen Australia is a not for profit organisation dedicated to increasing the number of women to access, participate and succeed in the trades area. 

“Increasing the number of women in the building and construction industry is about the Federal and State Governments, along with industry, working towards dealing with Australia’s Skills Shortage."

Ms McDonald said the National Skills Needs List (2019) lists 65 trades that are experiencing national skills shortages. Of those, 62 can be classed as male-dominated trades; only 3 could be classed as female-dominated.

“Given more than 50% of the Australian population is represented by women, it is time to utilise this national skills base which would lift national employment and productivity,” she said.

Barriers to increasing the number of women employed in the trades have been identified as: 

1.  Lack of information and engagement about trades with career advisors and secondary school girls

2.  Poor workplace culture and social misconception make trades unattractive as a career path

3.  No structural support systems for women working in male-dominated trade industries.

Ms McDonald said in 2012, the Grattan Institute found that if there was an extra 6% of women in the workforce, we could add up to $25 billion, or approximately 1%, to Australia’s Gross Domestic Product.

www.tradeswomenaustralia.com.au

Media Enquiries:
Ron Smith, Media Communications, Tradeswomen Australia – Mobile: 0417 329 201