Hard Hats & High Hopes

A roundtable uniting professionals, educators, and advocates to boost opportunities for young women in trades.

Date: 29th November 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Venue: Melbourne Polytechnic, Bell Street and Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West


Women hold only about 2% of roles in the trades. This gender imbalance is notably prevalent in some of the highest-paying sectors currently facing significant skill shortages. Through collective effort and shared wisdom, we aim to redress this inequity and pave the way for the future.





Opening Address 



How can we work as a united front to make change?

MC: Melinda Davis, EWIT


Research on barriers for women into
trades/construction, why school programs are essential

Dr Sarah Holdsworth

10:00 – 10:50am

Why your organisation got involved, company impact, how the trades environment has changed

and good news stories

Leah Hermassoo, Harris HMC & Cindy Brundell, Dulu