Women in non-traditional trades

Women in non-traditional trades

More than ever there are more women interested in trades. Working with our host employers, 1300apprentice supports the NSW Government by increasing the number of women in trades.

What are the advantages of a trade?

  • You’ll be paid to study
  • Work within a team
  • Gain real & practical skills from day one
  • Self employment

Why choose 1300apprentice for your trade?

All of our host employers have been screened to make sure we place you with the best possible employer.

Read about some of our female tradies on our news page and how 1300apprentice have supported them and helped them become award winners!


676 female carpenters
931 female motor mechanics
638 female plumbers
1432 female electricians – Women represent a total of 1.3% of electricians
With fewer than 2% of construction, automotive and electrical tradespeople in Australia being women
Women’s participation in trades and technical occupations has increased from 10 to 15 percent in NSW in the 25 years from 1987 to 2010**
*ABS (2012) Census of Population and Housing 2011 **Women NSW Occasional Paper March 2013


Two female apprentices have received awards in ACT for Excellence in 2019.

Apprentice of the year, Landscaping

Teagan apprentice of the year, landscaping 2019

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Grace award Icon Water

The results are in!

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A snapshot of those in training as at 3 May 2020

Almost half of female apprentices are aged between 20-25. For up to date information on this graph, head to TableAU

Women in Non-Traditional Trades story 

Are you a woman interested in a trade?

Contact us to find out how we can assist you in your chosen trade or reach out to one of these associations:


SALT - supporting and linking tradeswomen   
The Landscape Association
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