Supporting Success for Women in Non-Traditional Roles


BUSY is dedicated to supporting females into 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 man and female labour force participation rates could boost the Australian 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!

One apprentice is Maggie, who quit her office job to pursue a painting and decorating qualification.

READ MORE about Maggie’s experience.


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 hasalready worked and in a non-traditional trade andhas the understanding, experience and knowledge to support others 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.

READ MORE about Nadia’s story.

Entry Skills and Pathways for Female Tradies

Our team is contracted to deliver the Skilling Queenslanders for Work program in South East Queensland. Partnering with community organisations, the courses offer vocational skills and on the job experience (sometimes paid under a traineeship) for various industries, including construction, conservation & land management, and more.


Women in non-traditional roles enquiring about entering the vast array of industries available are encouraged to enrol in upcoming courses, like a recent course in Diesel Mechanics which saw ten female tradies graduate and move into the diesel automotive industry. 


The BUSY Schools

With three BUSY education campuses in Queensland – Cairns, Shailer Park and Salisbury we aim to open another five buildings over the next two years. These will be in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast regions.

We offer high school students (Years 11 and 12) who have struggled with mainstream schooling an alternative education solution. Providing a safe and welcoming environment that enables 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.

Like to Learn More About Women in Non-Traditional Roles?

If your organisation wants to improve diversity and increase female engagement in non-traditional roles, talk to us today

Alternatively, if you’re looking to enter a non-traditional role, enquire through our BUSY Sisters in Trades enquiry form. 

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Following the recent Queensland Health advice, a number of BUSY At Work offices will be temporarily closed in the Greater Brisbane Area from 5pm Monday the 29th March and will not reopen until after the Easter long weekend on Tuesday the 6th of April, 2021. Click here for list of offices affected. We will be taking calls until 8pm Thursday 1st  on 13 28 79 should you wish to speak with one of the team.

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