The aims of the Charles Sturt University “Women in Trades” project are to investigate areas that are fundamental to understanding how women, in regional Australia, achieve sustainable careers in the manual trades. It explores why and how women are recruited and retained in such occupations, how they contribute to productivity in the workplace and how these factors promote longevity and career satisfaction.
Our project explores the role of individual resilience, socio-cultural factors and workplace cultures in supporting women’s personal and professional success in the manual trades. Our research ultimately explores why some women prosper in jobs that are considered traditionally male-dominated, while others do not.
Currently we are partnering with Cadia Mines to undertake a survey of the experiences of tradeswomen in the mining sector, and with TradesWomen Australia to evaluate the impact of their CareersPlus program which aims to place women apprentices in male dominated trades in metropolitan and regional Victoria.