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Generating apprentice and training opportunities for women

Updated: Jan 28

On International Women’s Day the South Australian Government is encouraging young women to consider the vast range of apprenticeships and traineeships on offer through its Skilling South Australia initiative.


Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the Marshall Liberal Government is committed to developing opportunities for women including areas that have been dominated by men.


“It’s fantastic to see more females turning to traditionally male-dominated fields, with the help of the Liberal State and Federal Governments’ $203 million investment in skills training,” she said.


“Gender specific roles are a thing of the past – these days, if girls wish to become mechanics, miners or engineers they will be supported to follow their dreams.


“Skilling South Australia offers young people more opportunities to secure an apprenticeship and traineeship and will result in more of our young people living and working in SA.”


The State Government's Government’s $203 million partnership with the Federal Government will create over 20,800 new apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years, with each and every one of these positions also being open to both men and women.


Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said an important part of the South Australian Government’s approach towards generating employment opportunities has been to encourage more women to consider a skilled career.


“Since the Premier announced Skilling South Australia last year, involving a $203 million investment to reform the state’s training system, we’ve identified a number of women who are taking up work in traditionally male-dominated trades,” he said.


“Shelley Thrussell, a first-year automotive apprentice at CMI Toyota, exemplifies this by taking up the opportunity the Marshall Liberal Government has created but there are also others for women in non-traditional trades, in industries such as cybersecurity, Defence and health.


“This is our plan to ensure a robust training and apprenticeship system, which supports the next generation of highly skilled people, many of whom will become tomorrow’s successful entrepreneurs and business owners.”


International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and marks a call-to-action for accelerating gender balance.

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