Supports women in trades careers.
Impacts Irish industry.
Believes in a rewarding work environment for all,
regardless of gender.
Jenny ThompsonPainter & Decorator
"All the women who have gone through their apprenticeship with our company have gone on to work for themselves and have set up their own successful businesses, which is fantastic."
Ingeborg KjellbergMachine Excavator
“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.”
Sarah MurphyQuality Engineer
“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.”
Stina SandstromBricklayer & Graphic Designer
“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!”
Joelle SmythApprentice Electrician
“I knew that going down this route meant that I was going to be faced with some challenges that might be potentially difficult to overcome. Namely, the major change of working outside on a site versus being in a classroom.”
Sara MurphyCarpenter & Maker
“There’s something primal in the satisfaction of making. It connects to that part of us that yearns to be self-sufficient and also to the creative within us. Looking at a finished object that you’ve created is amazing.”
Kate MeleadyAircraft Engineer
“I am proud of the purpose in what I do for a living. It is important work and it’s important to do it right – all the time. I also really like working in an environment where it doesn’t matter at all what you look like or what kind of ‘odd’ you are, because it’s what you actually do that matters”
Polly DonnellanCoded Welder
“In 1981 I passed the Asme9, X-Ray standard pipe welding exam and became the first woman in Ireland to succeed in the test”
“A great advantage of having a trade like electrics/ plumbing etc., is that generally that you can use your skills in other countries. I did a stint in the Caribbean for a while working on big yachts and their electrical systems. What’s not to like about that!”
Nuala WardSelf-Taught Tradeswoman
“Experiment with tools and you will find the tools that work for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and embrace mistakes because that’s where knowledge is gained!”
Now is an excellent time to be looking for work. Ireland is currently experiencing a skills shortage and there are plenty of options for you.read more →
From day one, WITNI set out to galvanize a network of tradeswomen for meet-ups, skill-sharing, support, and cross-industry advice. See what women are saying about their experiences.read more →
WITNI has been working with employers to increase female engagement and diversify the workforce. How can we help you?read more →
Interested in speaking with WITNI about outreach and engagement?
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Summer Date TBC
WITNI peer-networking events are held several times a year at various locations across Ireland. We welcome past, present and future tradeswomen. For information on this and other upcoming events, join our mailing list at the bottom of the page.
NEWS & MEDIA
Totally Dublin: June 2019 ‘Work It’
"Ripping up the rulebook of male-dominated trades, Totally Dublin meets five women ‘tradies’ who wear it, work it and own ...read more →
Sunday Business Post: Women Apprentices are Starting To Get Hands On
'The number of women in apprenticeships in Ireland is rising, but we are still lagging behind Europe. Efforts are now being made ...read more →