How to become a Tradeswoman
Are you interested in a career in the trades, but don’t know where to start? Here are some things you might want to do :
First, take a look at the resources here on the WAMT website. Here you can :
- Find out why women love working in the manual trades
- Read a case study about a woman who left her office job to become an electrician
- Read about how Kate built a career as a self-employed plumber
- Find out about a woman who just loves being a carpenter.
- Interested in a career in painting and decorating? See how Penny made this a reality.
- Our publication ’My Future in My Hands’ gives detailed information about a career in construction.
To find a course, and get careers advice :
- Go to the ConstructionSkills website, which has very useful general information on training in the trades, and an area where you can apply for an apprenticeship online. If you’re in Northern Ireland, visit the Construction Industry Training Board NI website.
- Call the Careers Advice Service on 0800 100 900 for information on colleges and courses in your area. They can also give you advice on any funding that might be available to you, based on your particular circumstances.
- Take a look at the Construction Awards Alliance website, which has a useful search facility that can help you find a course.
- If you’re interested in one of the energy trades (plumbing, electrics, gas installation, refrigeration), try SummitSkills on 0800 0688 336.
When considering taking a course, It is important to check whether your training provider is accredited. Confirm in writing whether your course is approved, before you start your studies. Centres have been known to have their accreditation removed even though they have students studying on-site. If a training provider is not accredited then you may not be able to sit exams, or to have your qualification recognised within the industry.
And, once you’re training or working in the trades :
- Join Women and Manual Trades! Individual Membership of WAMT is currently free to women training or working in the trades. For more information and to register, click here.
- If you’re not currently training or working in the trades, but support our aims, you can join as an Associate Member. For more information click here or call the office on 020 7251 9192.