Connecting Women to Trades Program

Explore | Connect | Empower

Are you ready to explore an exciting career in trades?

In collaboration with local partners across Western Sydney & Blue Mountains and Illawarra & South East NSW, Mas Career Development Counsellors will coach and mentor women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to develop the awareness, skills and confidence they need to transition to meaningful and sustainable trades careers.

Who is it for?

Mas National’s Empowering Women into Trades Program, part of the NSW Government’s Connecting Women to Trades initiative, is designed to provide culturally & linguistically diverse women, including females students, across Western and South East Sydney with access to crucial career advice and pre-employment supports to support them to develop confidence, independence & employability skills.

The program works closely with Mas partners including local employment service providers, Navitas Skilled Futures, Dress for Success Sydney, Canterbury City Community Centre, Illawarra Multicultural Services, Empowered Women in Trades and Awesome Women in Construction.



About the Program

When is it?

We open intakes every 8 weeks. Workshops and career coaching sessions are delivered onsite with our community and Workforce Australia partners. Industry awareness activities are delivered onsite with employer partners.

How does it work?

This program is funded by the NSW Government and includes:

  • One-on-one career coaching & guidance with Mas Career Development Counsellors
  • Post-program support and mentoring for 6 months
  • Development of a personalised Career Action Plan
  • Access to practical industry awareness activities, like worksite tours and Try-A-Trade events
  • Access to industry mentors working in trade careers
  • Workshops featuring female tradeswomen guest speakers
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What are some of the topics that will be covered?

  • Exploring trade pathways & career options
  • Elevated Mindset & Confidence
  • Understanding the local labour market & employment opportunities
  • Developing employability skills of the future
  • Interview skills, preparation & mock interviews
  • Develop a professional profile & support network
  • Workplace Fairness, Rights & Responsibilities
  • Misconceptions about working in trades

Benefits to our Partners

For our employer partners in trades industries, this program provides:

  • Regular FREE diversity, inclusion and psychological safety workshops to increase awareness of gender stereotypes, bias & discrimination in trades and improve workplace culture.
  • Tools, resources and advisory support on how to foster more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplaces to attract and retain more women in trades careers.

For our Community Partners this program provides:

  • Tailored trades pathways information & career resources, labour market information
  • Opportunities to attend workshops with participants
  • Program and workshop materials shared for future use
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Enquire today to find out more about our Connecting Women to Trades Program or to get started.

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