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Try A Trade at Tonsley’s TAFE SA Campus

Try A Trade at Tonsley TAFE SA Campus

In partnership with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), Tonsley Innovation District’s TAFE campus is giving women and girls the chance to ‘try a trade’. This initiative, born out of a need for gender diversity in the construction industry, will cover courses including carpentry, tiling, decorating and painting.

Currently, there are 756 female students enrolled at TAFE SA’s Tonsley Innovation District campus. However, through ‘Try A Trade,’ organisers, TAFE and CITB hope to see that number increase exponentially. Learning from the best in the industry, this program will provide women with invaluable skills to contribute to the booming construction sector in South Australia.

""Try A Trade is an interactive way for students to find out more about the industry and get an idea of the skills involved. Our aim is to increase the number of female apprentices and trainees to ensure there is a diverse and well trained workforce for the state’s current and future jobs.""

TAFE SA Chief Executive, David Coltman

As South Australia’s leading hub of infrastructure and innovation with an impressive pedigree of businesses on site, the need for skilled employees at Tonsley Innovation District is at an all-time high.

""There is a huge demand for qualified workers from companies looking to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer, so it is a fantastic time to be considering a career in building and construction.""

Premier of South Australia, Steven Marshall

The TAFE SA Campus at Tonsley Innovation District.

Try A Trade is a rare opportunity to foster and develop skills in a world-class training facility where hands on experience, industry insight and expert instruction is offered like no other. Presently, there are only five TAFE courses at Tonsley Innovation District that are female dominated: Interior Design, Certificate IV in Interior Decoration, Diploma of Building Design, Certificate IV in Building Design Drafting and Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician.


""We want to see young women explore their career options in a field they haven’t previously considered through the Try-A-Trade program.""

Minister for Education, John Gardner says.

David Coltman also has faith in the program encouraging more women to try new courses at Tonsley’s TAFE campus.

“We’re seeing a growing interest from women in traditionally male-dominated fields, and we’d like to encourage more to consider a trades career.”

Want to know more about how to get involved? Click here: Female CITB Try a Trade | CITB


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