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Women in Trades

Melbourne Polytechnic is committed to supporting women who want to pursue a career in the building and construction industry.

Trades such as plumbing, carpentry, building or electrical offer flexible working hours, travel opportunities, a continuous stream of job opportunities, an immense sense of pride at the completion of projects, and a fantastic salary! Our courses will take you a step closer to a fulfilling career in building and construction.

If you’re not sure about a complete change of career or you would like to learn more about a particular trade, consider doing a pre-apprenticeship. Pre-apprenticeships are a fantastic way to ‘dip your toe’ into an industry to see whether it will suit your lifestyle and career choices. The courses typically run for approximately six months full time (or 12 months part time) and will give you an insight into a trade or service. Unlike a full apprenticeship, you do not need an employer to start a pre-apprenticeship, however the benefits of having your chosen pre-apprenticeship skill will greatly improve your chances of securing employment and an apprenticeship placement.

Find out more about Melbourne Polytechnic's pre-apprenticeships here

You can read an interview here on the ABC program 'The World Today' about Women in Trades.

If you would like to embark on a fulfilling career in trades, take a look at these videos of women who have taken the tradie leap and contact our Course Enquiry Centre to get started.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Kim is studying a plumbing apprenticeship.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Alannah is studying a furniture apprenticeship.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Belinda is undertaking an electrical apprenticeship.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Crystal is studying a locksmithing apprenticeship.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Gemma is undertaking a fabrication trades apprenticeship.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Jessica is studying an electrical apprenticeship.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Lisa is studying a mechanical trades apprenticeship.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Shirley works in the power industry.

Women in trades at Melbourne Polytechnic. Stefanie is studying a carpentry apprenticeship.