Two things are happening right now. The construction and infrastructure sectors are facing unprecedented demand for skilled workers, and over 22,000 women lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

At the same time, only 2.6% of tradespeople are women, and 83% of employers who took the Trade Careers survey are keen to employ women. There’s a big opportunity here for smart businesses.

Even better — there’s funding available to cover the full cost of training until December 2022 via the government’s Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund.

1000 women who took our survey want to work in the trades but employers and women are both nervous about taking the first step towards making it happen.

Employers want help finding and hiring women. To do that, they need support to get ready for women in their workforce, and reassurance that hiring women will be great for their business.

Women want help to ‘get a foot in the door’ and they want to know if their transferable skills will be valued, what a worksite is really like, and what the likelihood of having a good supportive boss is.

Trade Careers wants to make sure you have access to all the support you need. In this toolkit, you’ll find interviews with other employers who have hired women, policy templates, conversation starters, checklists, and hot tips.

Dave: I know having women on-site isn’t a new thing, but it sounds like having more women on-site is gonna be a great thing!

The future is now, let’s get into it.

Each week a new episode and a toolkit of resources will be released. Stay tuned!