We are proud to have Women in Trades Network Ireland (WITNI) exhibiting at our forthcoming Construction Jobs Expo. You can find out more about them by dropping by Croke Park on 29th September.
WITNI is the first Tradeswomen’s network in the Republic of Ireland. The organisation works to accelerate diversity in construction, energy and transport, and increase opportunities available to women in trades careers. It plays a direct and instrumental role in women securing their desired craft-based apprenticeships, and works alongside industry companies to encourage female participation. The network spans Ireland and beyond, and provides relevant mentorship and assistance to women in pursuit of apprenticeships and manual trades skills, while bringing together tradeswomen of all ages, currently working across the counties.
The WITNI founders figured it was time to change the scenery for women who have an interest in skilled trades. Those who are, perhaps, already one of the 5% working on construction sites in Ireland; for the women who consider learning to use tools – for work or hobby, the desire is similar; to be able to follow the passion which provides great satisfaction for many across the globe.
WITNI is where you can ask questions and be exposed to stories from professionals and apprentices within the industry. Where you can discover more about training and employment options that currently exist. And in turn, consider where there’s room for improvement.
The latest projections from the Irish building industry indicate that we need to access a vast pool of employees over the next 4 years. There’s no better time for women of Ireland to expand skill sets into this domain. WITNI are currently engaged in outreach activities around the country. Furthermore, they are also close to a lot of big construction action right now, based in Wicklow, near South Dublin. In 2018, they are expanding their engagement with employers, schools, and communities nationwide.
The goal is to improve access for women into trades related jobs. WITNI are thankful to the wonderful men and women that have worked alongside them during the many combined years in construction & trades so far. Their ever-evolving network is excited about the future. The Network understand that a diverse work site benefits the quality of life for everyone involved.