The project will help women gain training in the trades sector where there is a huge skills shortage, high job demand and under representation of women. Through The Placement Circle (TPC) , we will recruit 15 women and support them through a Certificate II (pre- apprenticeship) at VUP.
We will enrol 5 women in 3 different streams of trades being electrical, plumbing and carpentry. They will undertake a 10 -week overview (a Certificate II) of their respective trade in preparation for commencing an apprenticeship.
The project would provide them with peer support during their training and then on completion connect them to Tier 1,2,3 building companies to gain interviews for an apprenticeship. The presence of a peer supported framework is unique and is a significant enabler to giving women the confidence to transition from unpaid to paid employment via vocational training.
We have the support of the Union Movement, large employers, Women in Rotary and partnerships in place with Chisholm Institute, VUP, Swinburne University and PAVE, Haven Home Safe, Bendigo Kangan Institute, Baptcare, and the YWCA.
We need to engage a project manager to oversee the project including vehicle, phone and office accommodation costs, rollout of a marketing & communications plan, assistance with TAFE enrolments, provide monthly peer support events, liaison with building companies and potential employers to take on apprentices, and the provision of web/IT support.