WELCOME TO WITNI
Women In Trades Network Ireland
“Have a passion for it. Look forward to going to work every day. It’s not work if you love what you do. Don’t settle for sameness. Women are different from men. We always were and always will be. Adapt to the working methods and be flexible. But don’t lose yourself. With that attitude, I’ve had no problem at all. Have a willingness to learn and a positive attitude. Know what you’re talking about, but don’t take yourself too seriously. You can overcome any obstacle.”
Martha George, Stone and Brick Mason and President of the Grand Valley Construction Association (GVCA), Ontario, Canada
"While the recession was on us there simply weren't the jobs there to promote. But now things are picking up, the opportunities are there, for all genders, for all ages.
Cabinet maker & Director,
Grand Designs, Kitchens & Bedrooms
It's so interesting this job. You're constantly learning.
You don't have to go to the same place for work every day.
It's not as hard as people might think.
Don't let the ideal of a male dominated industry put you off.
Just go for it."
Right Connection Electrical,
We believe in a rewarding environment on work-sites nationwide for everyone, regardless of gender.
Through advocacy, we promote women around Ireland pursuing jobs that are a reflection of the things they love and want to learn in the manual trades.
Unifying a desire to learn and a forward thinking attitude with the active encouragement of industry leaders, we know that together we can improve the capacity of the industry in Ireland to fulfill its economic requirements in the coming years of industry growth.
“It has been so important for me that women have come together to support each other in the different male-dominated trades. The help I have received through WITNI has been so valuable to me. My confidence has grown enough to pursue my apprenticeship, knowing that I am not alone”. – Roisin
“I am now licensed to drive excavators, wheeled loaders, dump trucks, dozers and scrapers. Basically all machines except backhoe loaders. I despise them! I also have been taught how to read maps and maintain do simple repairs on the vehicles.”
“Growing up, I always knew I wanted to do something in the line of engineering. I started a city & guilds course in mechanical engineering which led on to getting a degree in manufacturing engineering. During the summers and weekends, I worked as a welder.”
“We shoot time lapses of the site from the same spot up on a hill every day. The builder and the architect work together solving problems and come up with new solutions bit by bit. In these moments the site is full of good vibes!”
She realised that to her, beauty could be about deciding to step outside the box and expressing inner strengths and imagination.
It seems like the job of an aircraft mechanic has adapted to modern day systems and there is less of the greasey in ‘grease monkey’ life, and more complex electrical aspects involved.
In Ireland today less than 5 % of construction workers on-site are women and the amount of females in trades apprenticeships doesn’t even reach 1%. According to SOLAS only 34 of the current 10,000 apprenticeship placements are filled by women