BUSY is dedicated to supporting women in non-traditional trade careers and wants to see more women entering the building and construction, diesel mechanics, engineering, agriculture, electrical and mining industries – and more!
While having an increasingly diverse organisation encourages equality, it also makes economic sense to see more diversification in industry-related roles.
This is backed by a Goldman Sachs report, which indicated that the rise in female labour force participation between 1974 and 2009 improved Australia’s economy by 22%. Closing male and female labour force participation rates could boost the Australian Gross Domestic Product (or GDP) by 11%.
We currently have less than 10% of females undertaking qualifications traditionally dominated by men. Consequently, there’s a lot we are doing to improve this percentage!
BUSY Sisters - Women in Trades
This is a mentoring program for women who have recently entered the workforce as a tradie.
The initiative provides a mentor for the first six months in your new role. Your mentor has already worked in a non-traditional trade and has the understanding, experience and knowledge to support you to succeed in career pathways usually undertaken by men.
The goal of having a go-to person to express any concerns or to ask for advice is to encourage women to chase their career dreams regardless of obstacles or difficulties.
Partnering with Industry Bodies
At BUSY, we have a dedicated Corporate Solutions team that operates with industry bodies and large employers, including:
- Hastings Deering,
- Motor Association,
- Australian Meat Industry Council,
- Master Plumbers Association,
- Master Electricians Association,
- Energy Skills Qld,
- BHP and many others.
These large industry employers are looking to improve the diversity in their business, and one way they achieve this is through hiring more women in their organisation.
We support these organisations by providing interested apprentices or trainees with the support required to complete qualifications and find ongoing career success.
As a young girl, Nadia was inspired to be a tradie by helping her dad in his shed. She is now completing a Diesel Fitting apprenticeship through Hastings Deering.
BUSY At Work – official partners of the Gold Coast Titans NRLW
BUSY At Work is proud to announce its newly forged partnership with the Gold Coast Titans NRLW. This exciting alliance seeks to promote women who are working in male-dominated industries, and to provide greater opportunities for girls and women in the community.
It has long been a passion of BUSY At Work to support and empower women through its education, employment, and training solutions. The introduction of BUSY Sisters—a program specifically dedicated to mentoring and assisting women working in trades—is a testament to the organisation’s ongoing commitment.
The relationship between BUSY At Work and Gold Coast Titans NRLW offers another opportunity to support women at a local level. The team at BUSY are humbled to be involved with such incredible female athletes who are inspiring others and reaching great heights. These impressive women are succeeding while working full-time jobs, raising families, and juggling their obligations to training and competition.
The BUSY Schools
The BUSY Schools offer senior high school students (Years 11 and 12) who have struggled with traditional schooling an alternative education solution.
Providing a safe and welcoming environment that supports students to complete their QCE while exploring vocational pathways, all students are encouraged to undertake work experience or school-based apprenticeships while completing formal education.
The school enables its students to explore and pursue non-traditional career pathways through apprenticeships, traineeships, or academic streams.
Dakoda is one student pursuing her passion for becoming a plumber, commencing a school-based apprenticeship with Samios Plumbing.
Women’s Inmates Program
Our team works with Correctional Services to provide information sessions to inmates about entering the workforce in a meaningful way upon their release, potentially working towards their identified career during their incarceration.
Currently, we work with four female correctional centres, including Helena Jones, Brisbane and Townsville Women’s and Southern Queensland Correctional Centres.
Information regarding apprenticeship pathways, including non-traditional trade pathways, is provided at these facilities.