Laser Tradies' Bold Change
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As seen in the Gippsland Times, February 24, 2017
As International Women’s Day 2017 calls on the world to create a more gender inclusive world and a better working world, Laser Plumbing & Electrical are celebrating the difference they are making in their own industry with women represented greater than the national average.
Acknowledging the difference that women can make in a business has seen a continued increase in the number of female electricians and plumbers, however, in an industry traditionally dominated by men, women still only make up an estimated 2% of the plumbing and electrical contracting industries.
Australia’s largest network of plumbers and electricians, Laser Plumbing and Electrical have joined the trend to encourage women to enter the trades, including incorporating programs designed specifically for the Ladies of Laser at their annual conference, recognising the impact they have on the business.
In the last 12 months, the Laser Group has seen an increase in the percentage of women hired in traditionally male roles with women now above the industry average working on the tools.
One woman making her mark in the industry is 18-year-old Jade Morris who is employed as an apprentice plumber by Laser Plumbing Sale.
With her family, friends and teachers support, Jade had wanted to learn a trade for a while, then, after completing work experience with Laser Plumbing Sale, decided that plumbing was the trade for her.
Now working with the teams at Laser Plumbing Sale and Traralgon, and conducting her training with Federation Training in Yallourn, Jade is one of the 2% of female plumbers in Australia and represents the future of trades in Australia.
One year into the apprenticeship, Jade is still to find one skill in plumbing she favours. “I am learning something new every day and am now understanding why things are done the way they are.”
Managing Director, Dan Smolenaars sees hiring women in the trades as bringing new skills to the job.
“Women view jobs differently to men and, onsite, this can be a great asset. With Jade, we assessed her attitude and attentiveness in comparison to other work experience students we had throughout 2015 and found her to be the best cultural fit for our team. Whilst all workers have their strengths and weaknesses, we chose to focus on the strengths that Jade brought which included her willingness to learn.”
Jade’s confidence in the team has continued to increase with her peers also pleased with her progress and ability to learn on the job. “I get treated the same as everyone else on the job which is great”.
It is this experience as well as the support she receives from her co-workers, teachers and family which encourages Jade to motivate other young girls thinking about taking on a trade for a career.
“Go for it, and don’t let anyone say you can’t do it”.
Managing Director of the Laser Group, Steve Keil is proud of what the Group has achieved in highlighting the benefits of looking outside the square when finding the right people to work in the industry.
“When we look at trends in the industries, we know that we are in a period where there are more people leaving trades than we have beginning apprenticeships. The decline in those entering the industry is due to several reasons and something for which there is no simple solution however, by encouraging women to consider taking on a trade, surely, we would take some pressure off the projected trade shortage.”
“The feedback from our Members highlights the benefits brought to the business by hiring women in roles traditionally filled by men. This is something we want to celebrate, and inform those who might still be questioning” said Steve, concluding, “hiring the right person for a trade is about more than who can lift a shovel of dirt, it’s about communication, customer engagement and problem solving, and this is where we are finding that the girls are excelling.”
Jade is keen to see the numbers of women in trades continue to increase.
It is her experience as well as the support she receives from her co-workers, teachers and family which encourages Jade to motivate other young girls thinking about taking on a trade for a career.
“Go for it, and don’t let anyone say you can’t do it”. ”
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