Women in Trades

We’re building a network for Canberra’s women in trades.

In Schools

We provide free information sessions for high school and college pre-apprenticeship students.

Strenth in numbers

We're organising women apprentices in male-dominated industries to build power at work.


Do you have questions about your rights at work? A concern about safety? Unsure about you payslip or wages? Contact us.

Women in trades mentor interview series with Karen Abel, carpenter and teacher

we support all women apprentices and tradeswomen working in male dominated trades

Ask a woman tradie

Do you want to know more about working in a male dominated trade? Got questions about training, working or your rights? Ask a woman tradie!  

Ask a Woman Tradie is a live text-in Q and A held in October, November and December 2020. Text in during the event to get a real-time response from a woman tradie.

Next session: Monday 26th October 4.30-6.30pm


You can also email or text in questions before the event – just click on the Your Question button or text  0488 855 834.

Answers will be texted/emailed directly back to you during the live event. Questions and answers are confidential.

Email: womenintrades@unionsact.org.au 

Text: 0488 855 834

What do you want to know about studying for a trade or working in a trade? What challenges do you have in training and work? Got questions about your rights?

Send in your questions and we’ll include them in the next live Ask a Woman Tradie Q and A session. 

 Next session: Monday 26th October 4.30-6.30pm.

women in trades mentorship

Want support from other women in your trade? Or do you want to provide support for incoming tradeswomen and apprentices?

Be a Mentor – it’s a great way to support more women getting into trades

You don’t need to be an expert, just willing to share your experiences and provide support to other women to succeed in their trade. For women just starting out in a male dominated trade, support and mentorship makes a powerful difference. The Women in Trades Program will give you support and can put you in contact with other mentors and experts. 

Registering to be a mentor is easy: just fill out the form below and give us some information about you and your trade, we’ll be in touch to have a chat.

Request a Mentor – make contact with someone working in your trade

Requesting a mentor is easy: just fill out the form below and give us some information about you, which trade you are starting or training in, and we’ll be in touch to have a chat and will try to match you with a mentor from your industry.

Expression of Interest in the Women in Trades Mentorship Program



Do you have a problem or concern about your work? We can provide support, information and referrals for women workers in male-dominated trades. 

What Our MEMBERS and mentors say

It's been fantastic to meet with other women in the building and construction sector. The main benefit is finding out that so many other women face the same issues that I do.


I think women supporting women in traditionally male-dominated trades is crucial and that's why I'm a mentor for the Women in Trades program.

Heather, horticulture


Talk about issues at work, chat to other women in trades, ask questions and help build the network.

Supported by

The Women in Trades Project is supported by

The Women In Trades project receives ACT Government funding, via a Skills Canberra grant.