Women in trades

Learning a trade could be your perfect career move

There’s never been a better time to be a woman in trades.

If you love using your hands, solving problems, working in a team and seeing your hard work pay off, learning a trade could be your perfect career move.

At VU Polytechnic, you’ll fit right in with our diverse and inclusive group of students and staff. You’ll develop hands-on skills, learn in state-of-the-art facilities, and build industry connections to lay the foundations of a fantastic career.

Why consider a career in trades?

There are good reasons why more women are joining the skilled trades industry. To name a few:

  • you can earn great money
  • your skills will always be in high demand
  • you can enjoy hands-on, practical work every day  
  • you can work flexible hours in all different locations 
  • you’ll have opportunities to run your own business
  • you can work anywhere, with a nationally-recognised qualification.

Apply now

Find your trades course now and get started on an exciting career with VU Polytechnic.

Student stories

What trades can I do?

Female trade students learning at VU Polytechnic.

VU Polytechnic offers certificate and diploma courses in:

  • building and construction
  • carpentry and cabinet making
  • civil construction
  • electrical
  • engineering
  • plumbing
  • signage.

Browse our trades courses now.

Tips for women in trades

Inclusion & Diversity – Women in Trades

VU Polytechnic is committed to building an inclusive culture where differences are valued and everyone is given equal opportunity to succeed.

Support & community

As a proud partner of Tradeswomen Australia, we’re committed to empowering women in trades.

When you study with VU Polytechnic, you’ll be part of a passionate community and have access to support and resources to help set you up for success.

Some of the free support services we offer students include:

  •     apprentice support for help with any challenges during your apprenticeship – in the workplace, training or your personal life.
  •     learning hubs where you can get advice and guidance and improve your study and employability skills.
  •     counselling services for confidential mental health support when you need someone to talk to.