Who said that plumber and electrician are man jobs? These women came to make such stereotypes vanished away once and forever. Being YWCA members, they offer a wide range of services for everyone. Highly qualified workers are helping to overcome Australia’s national trade skills shortage.


“Let me repair what your husband tried to fix”

it’s the business slogan of Amy Feyen, the sole owner and employee of Melba Electrical Services. She enjoys working, however challenging it is. In fact,according to national statistics, the percentage of women working in  construction, automotive and electrical fields is lower than 2%. One of the possible explanations could be the lack of women tradies on school career days: girls are simply not aware of such possibilities, they are not motivated to be closely related with it and often associate temporary housework with harsh conditions of occupation.

Australian Female Tradies: Let Me Repair What Your Husband Tried To Fix

YWCA, one of the largest women-oriented organizations in Australia, includes survivors of domestic violence and those who have experienced any kind of trauma in families. Now, with their bright idea of tradies service, women all over the country may not worry about who’s coming in their houses: they can actually choose the woman worker to be ensure that everything will go fine. Facebook-based “Woman in Trades” is another association that finds apprentices for teaching them and providing all necessary equipment.

“Growing up, I never thought I could be a carpenter because I was a female”, – says Lyndal Hayes, who has always wanted to continue her father’s business. “When I was in primary school or high school, there were no women doing [carpentry]; no-one wanted to be an apprentice; no woman carpenter ever came out for careers day at school. They just didn’t exist.”

Australian Female Tradies: Let Me Repair What Your Husband Tried To Fix

The current policy of maintaining women’s hiring actually gives unbelievable results: a recent national report found women made up just 14.7 per cent of technicians and trade workers, what seemed to be almost unattainable 10 years ago. “We actually run the world’s only mobile workshop that’s designed to teach women how to use tools, it’s unique”,  claims Ms Shewring, the founder  of Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT). So, the economic situation of the state is recovering steadily: Australia is now on a strong position of women empowerment.

Australian Female Tradies: Let Me Repair What Your Husband Tried To Fix

Another YWCA resident, Roxy, tradies made a great impact in smoothing the overall level of social anxiety about domestic violence cases: “It doesn’t sound like a huge thing, but I’ve had a lot of guys in my life making my living situation scary or uncomfortable, so I really like [having female tradies]. I don’t really like people in my living space, especially in my bathroom and bedroom areas, because those spots are pretty personal”.

Women inspire women

The program of career orientation for schools includes lots of practice, lectures from successful employees and the following introduction to the profession. Fears for the unknown future and poor presentation of working process are the main causes of disorientation in labor market, in so called “adult life”. Women from “The Lady Tradies” are voting for staying in touch and helping all the girls community. In our restless days, women should stay together and generate ideas for demolishing old-fashioned job stereotypes. “I want to improve my skills and become a role model for girls and the industry”, –says Taryn Kearney, who has taken part in multiple male-dominated national competitions in sign writing.

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