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Girls just want to Try a Trade

Talua Lui and Beryl Compton from Miami State High School are out to prove that anything boys can do, girls can do better when it comes to mastering a trade.

The 14 and 16 year old are among the first cohort of female students set to experience the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast girls only 'Try a Trade Day'.

"I am highly considering a career in wet trades such as bricklaying and I am looking forward to talking to teachers about the training and job opportunities at the Try a Trade Day," said Miss Compton.

The 'Try a Trade Day' is exclusively for female year 10, 11 and 12 students and will be held on Friday 3 June at the TAFE Queensland Gold Coast Trades Training Centre at Ashmore.

Over 50 girls from various local High Schools will experience first-hand what it is like to work in areas such as Painting, Electrotechnology, Bricklaying, Tiling, Shop fitting and Horticulture.

According to the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), only 26.4% of current Queensland apprentices are female.

TAFE Queensland Gold Coast General Manager, Jenny Dodd said the essential role of females in trades has long been recognised, but inspiring women to take up a trade career continues to be a challenge.

"At TAFE Queensland Gold Coast we aim to ensure that young females wanting a trade career feel supported in their search for an apprenticeship."

"In our endeavour to achieve this goal we decided to launch the girls only 'Try a Trade Day' to inspire more young females to take up a trade career by providing them with hands on experience across various trades."

"This event is a valuable opportunity for young women, in a specially designed girls only environment, to find out if they have a flair for a trade that may not have otherwise considered."

The activities planned for the girls only 'Try a Trade Day' include interactive trade exhibits, tool demonstrations and TAFE Queensland Gold Coast staff will be on hand to support and talk to the girls about their potential careers in the trade industry.