Photo (left to right): Leila Kirkness – Dubbo Traffic Control, Laura Wilson – Dubbo Traffic Control, Ashleigh Knight – AES, Brooke Mallison – Bamara DHUB, Joel Mealey- HMC Group Solutions, Isaac Gordon – AES

The Bamara team at DHUB – Dubbo Opportunity Hub, in collaboration with Aboriginal Employment Strategy (AES), launched its 6-week pre-employment training program, “Tiddas in Trades”, in Dubbo today. 

Funded under the NSW Department of Education’s broader “Connecting Women to Trades” initiative, given an Indigenous focus is in line with Bamara’s commitment to improving the lives of Indigenous people across the country.

This program is bringing together local employers and training organisations to create opportunities for local tiddas (sisters) – Indigenous women aged 17 and over – to explore employment pathways in Earthmoving and Construction.

The Tiddas in Trade program includes:

  • Pre-employment training and skills facilitated by industry representatives
  • Access to work experience opportunities in industry with local employers
  • Presentations from several pathfinder women already working in these industries

According to the NSW Department of Education, participation of women in male-dominated trades has remained persistently low for decades. 

Women generally make up only 2% of the workforce in key industries like building and construction, electrotechnology and automotive. Indigenous women are even less represented.

“We’re proud to be cooperating with local stakeholders, community members, local RTOs and employers,” said DHUB Coordinator Brooke Mallison. 

“This is not just an excellent opportunity for local Indigenous women; it’s also a great community-strengthening exercise for everyone involved.”

Bamara and AES are committed to making an impact for local Indigenous women to thrive and kickstart careers in the construction and earthmoving industries.

Further Information

For Further Information about the Tiddas in Trade program, please get in touch with DHUB Coordinator Brooke Mallison:

Mobile: 0448 613 166