WELCOME TO WITNI
Women In Trades Network Ireland
"Female apprentices are really super. We haven't heard of anybody regret hiring a female. So if a woman can do the job really well, then what's the barrier? What's the issue? "
Director of Communications & Secretariat,
“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 the country pursuing jobs that are a reflection of the things they love and want to learn in construction or any industry.
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.
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.
“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.”
“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”
This Stone Festival at Sheep’s Head is the first one for the organisers and they have sold 116 out of 120 tickets. I’m excited about learning everything and anything….just experiencing different skills.
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.