Tradeswomen take action
WOMEN took control of the power tools in a tradeswomen workshop at Wonthaggi recently.
Led by SALT – standing for Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen – the ladies were given practical experience using basic hand tools and small power tools.
The Victorian Government and SALT work to increase women’s participation in non traditional career pathways through these demonstration days.
The project is part of the Skill Women Victoria Tour funded by the Victorian Government. SALT worked in partnership with Local Learning and Employment Networks (LLEN) and Bass Coast Shire Council to bring the workshop to Wonthaggi.
The demonstration was held at the old CFA building in Watt Street, Wonthaggi. All women from the community, community VCAL and Wonthaggi Secondary College were invited to attend.
The workshop began with an introduction into how to use power tools safely.
Participants experienced building a timber cutlery caddy and using measuring tools, cordless drills, hand saws, hammers, jigsaws, drop saws and different fixings.
“It’s not about gender, it’s about equality,” vice president of SALT Sonia Morgenwick said.
“SALT teaches all women to use power tools with confidence.”
SALT offer support through their Facebook page. Comments from different people can lead to different avenues and connecting women with different jobs.
Racism and sexual harassment problems can also be discussed with people on the page.
More information, including SALT’s Facebook page, can be found at www.saltaustralia.org.
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