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Women in Trades (WIT) is a not-for-profit that promotes trades and trades training as a viable career option to women and employers.  We are run by a committed group of people from in and around the trades and trades services industries.

Why do we exist?

Trades make up on average 5% of every country's GDP. For every $1 put into construction and trades work  $3 value is added to the national economy. Trades training is not just about individual’s employability - it is good for the health of our economy.

Women make up half the population but hold less than 12% of trades jobs. Combine this with New Zealand’s youth unemployment rates at 15%, almost 3 times the national unemployment rate, and it is obvious that encouraging young people, especially women, into trades training is crucial to keeping up with the projected growth in the trades  sectors.

We provide spaces for women to  find out more about trades training and careers - opportunities to explore their options in a context that acknowledges the challenges and opportunities of working in the trades that are unique to them.

how do we do it?

We do this through putting on events  that connect women interested in trades training with:

  • Other women working in trades

  • Information about trades careers

  • Potential employers

  • Training providers

  • Industry services and organisations

  • Information to support a successful trades career

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