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Women in trades

Her Trade

Trades are one of Australia’s largest industries, providing a range of employment benefits. CIT is committed to supporting women, and people who identify as women, who want to pursue a trade career.

Trade careers offer flexible working hours, travel opportunities and great salaries. Join the thousands of women entering skilled trades and set yourself up for a rewarding career.

To get started in your trade career, you will need to complete an Australian Apprenticeship. Australian Apprenticeships include apprenticeships and traineeships that combine time at work with off-the-job training.

What are Apprenticeships, Traineeships and ASbAs?

An apprentice or trainee is employed in industry with their employer supporting them to apply and develop the technical skills they’re learning at CIT. This combination of technical skills with real-world experience is extremely valuable for someone starting out in the workforce, providing apprentices/trainees with a well-rounded personal development opportunity, and industry with a workforce trained specifically to meet their needs.

Australian School-based Apprenticeships (ASbAs) work the same way, however, spend less time at work and CIT to fit in with their school schedule. An ASbA must first get support from their school before they commit with an employer and CIT.

Australian Apprenticeships are 'competency based' which means training can be completed as soon as the required skill level in the qualification is reached.

Ready to get started?

For more information about becoming an Australian Apprentice visit our Apprentices page. If you are looking to hire an Australian Apprentice, visit our Employer page for more information.

Lendlease Women in  Construction Program

CIT has partnered with  Lendlease on an innovative training program to encourage more women and gender diverse  people to consider a career in the construction industry.

Starting Tuesday 14  November 2023, this five week program will run three days per week  (Tuesday-Thursday, 21 hours) and will combine theory, practical hands-on  learning, site tours and work preparation sessions. Students will even have the  opportunity to work on the CIT Woden build!

Information session: Thursday 26 October 2023, 10:30am-12:30pm, CIT  Bruce, Room H137b

Note: If you are interested in applying for this program  you must attend this session.

To book a place and check your eligibility, contact  Mel at UnitingCare Kippax on 0433 958 670 or email

This program receives funding support from the ACT Government through the Skilled to Succeed Innovation grants program.

CIT supports diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive training environment. As part of this commitment, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people with disability, culturally diverse people and those who identify as LGBTIQ are encouraged to consider an Australian Apprenticeship.

Women in Trades is a promotional campaign of Fee-Free TAFE a jointly funded initiative of the ACT and Australian governments.