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$10,500 gift packs available for women in apprenticeships

Nominations will open on Friday for the 2024 Women in Apprenticeships Award

Bunnings Trade has announced that it will once again work with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) to celebrate the National Women in Construction Week with the second year of the Women in Apprenticeships Award.

With women representing only 13 per cent of apprentices in trade occupations across Australia, the award is aimed at supporting women in trades early on in their careers. This year, Bunnings Trade and NAWIC are offering women in a trade who is either currently completing an apprenticeship or has recently qualified the opportunity to be granted one of 10 support packs worth over $10,500, in addition to on-going professional and wellbeing support from NAWIC.

Last year, nearly 1,800 submissions were received for the award, with a diverse range of winners from across the country including apprentice plumber Lara from Victoria who was nominated by her mum (and boss) Kim. Lara was inspired to get into a trade by her mum who joined the industry later in her career and has run her own successful plumbing business Hey Sista Plumbing for the past 12 years.

To enter, all you need to do is describe in 200 words or fewer why you, or the woman you are nominating, is passionate about being in a trade and how winning the support pack will help. The support pack includes $5,000 in Bunnings gift cards, membership to NAWIC and a variety of vouchers and product packs from businesses such as Hard Yakka, Full Boar and Kincrome.

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“We know that women face a number of barriers when pursuing a trade profession and we are proud to play a small role in helping to empower women during the early stages of their trade career with the second year of our Women in Apprenticeships Awards,” Bunnings head of trade solutions Penny Gray says.

“The initiative aims to provide meaningful and practical support to women in apprenticeships and it’s great to have NAWIC on-board again to provide ongoing mentorship and professional advice for winners. Last year, we had almost 1,800 applicants from a wide range of trades and really encourage any women in apprenticeships and their employers to give applying or nominating for the award a go this year.”

NAWIC general manager Lauren Fahey adds: “Supporting women in construction is a significant way we can improve female economic security, overcome the skills and labour crisis, and deliver greater profitability and innovation to the construction industry.

“We know that completion rates for rates for female apprenticeships are low. Bunnings Trade continuing their support of female apprenticeships is important in shifting the dial for women in construction. We are proud to be partnering with Bunnings Trade for the award again this year, celebrating the achievements of women in construction and amplifying their voices; At NAWIC we firmly believe you can be what you can see.”

Applications open this Friday March 8 and will close Friday April 5. More details about the awards can be seen here: Women In Apprenticeships Award – Bunnings Trade AU

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