Earlier this year Combined Electrical was involved in the partnership between training providers GTNT and the Northern Territory Government supporting female Territorians to enter the electrical industry. Two women joined us at Combined Electrical for a workplace traineeship following 14 weeks of intensive training in stage one units and high-risk licensing, delivered by Charles Darwin University (CDU).
As a result of the Women in Power traineeship program, both women have commenced full-time employment as apprentice electricians at Combined Electrical. This is an excellent opportunity for both of the women and Combined Electrical. Stacey Shaw is one of the successful women, now four months into the apprenticeship. Stacey will have many opportunities to obtain hands-on experience working with the Combined Electrical team. She will receive mentoring, confined space, working at heights and elevated work platform training, and will complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician training through CDU.
Stacey Shaw and Olivia Woollett’s presence demonstrates equal opportunity for females in our business as tradestaff, and whilst addressing a local skill shortage it also increases positive social impacts for women. GTNT Chief Executive Officer Kathryn Stenson highlights this by saying “It used to be very difficult to have a career and a family,” but now it is very possible. “And women don’t have to give up their femininity to become tradies. They can have both.”
A ministerial visit is planned for October 10th to one of our current project sites where our female apprentices are working. This will be an excellent opportunity for the Minister to see the benefits of the program in action.