The female 'tradie': challenging employment perceptions in non-traditional trades for women

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Author: Shewring, Fiona


This paper outlines the results of research conducted with women enrolled at TAFE NSW's Illawarra Institute to train in manual trades traditionally dominated by males. The research is informed by the author's 14 years as a trade painter and decorator, and her experience as a trade teacher. 16 women from 10 trades (electrical, carpentry, bricklaying, plumbing, painting and decorating, signcraft, boiler-making, fitting and machining, automotive spraying and butchery) took part in the research, representing 34 per cent of the women training in non-traditional trades at Illawarra Institute....  [+] Show more

Subjects: Apprenticeship; Research; Providers of education and training; Employment; Gender

Keywords: Interview; TAFE; Nontraditional occupation

Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia

Published: Adelaide, South Australia: NCVER, 2009

Physical description: 27 p.

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ISBN: 9781921412851

Statement of responsibility: Fiona Shewring

Resource type: Occasional paper

Document number: TD/TNC 95.04

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