Ausgrid partnered with Women NSW to host its first Women In Trades work experience week at the Learning Centre in Silverwater.
A total of 14 young women participated in the event designed to encourage more females to the electrical trades. The participants were a mixture of high school and TAFE students and ranged in age from 15 to 40 years.
The week included practical lessons in line work, cable jointing and electrical mechanics.
The participants created extension leads, completed wiring projects, learnt how to climb a power pole and prepare underground cables for jointing.
During the week they also inspected a substation and heard from female apprentices and staff.
Ausgrid has a well – established apprentice program, recruiting about 1,100 apprentices since 2004.
The work experience program aimed to break down the barriers for women considering a career in the electricity industry.
There are more than a thousand female employees at Ausgrid and about 100 of those are in trade or engineering roles.