Victorian Training Awards 2023 Industry Collaboration winner

Victorian Training Awards 2023 Community Training Provider of the Year finalist Women in Apprenticeships Victoria (WAVE) showing women using screwdrivers in a trade environment on equipment

The Women in Apprenticeships Victoria Electrical project

Attracting women to electrical trades was the goal of the collaboration project, Women in Apprenticeships Victoria Electrical (WAVE). The collaboration involves the:

  • Victorian Electrical Trades Union
  • Holmesglen Institute
  • Trades Hall Council
  • Australian Women in Solar Energy
  • Department of Education.

A comprehensive approach was taken from engagement to placement, supported by strategies to attract, recruit, train and retain women in electrical apprenticeships. The program successfully drove change and provided access to participants.

More than 100 women got involved in Try a Trade Day – Women in Trades. Around 33 participants commenced a women-only pre-apprenticeship course, and 94% completed the pre-apprenticeship program. Many are now employed as apprentices in various Victorian companies.