International Women’s Day 2024

Happy International Women’s Day from all of us at EarnLearn

There’s so much opportunity for women in specialist trades and industries. International Women’s Day, on Friday 8 March 2024, allows us to both celebrate the women who are thriving in these careers and showcase the opportunities for others to join them.   

This year’s theme is ‘inspire inclusion’; a sentiment we are totally committed to at EarnLearn in all aspects of our specialist trades and training. For the second year in a row, EarnLearn is excited to partner with Girls with Hi-Vis® to deliver events showcasing the opportunities in the specialist trades industry and inspire young females. 

As we mark International Women’s Day for 2024, we invite you to view, read and share the stories below from just a few of our incredible women trainees, business owners and managers in trades. 

Help us inspire other women to join the exciting world of specialist trades whether they’re a school leaver or looking for a change in career. 

Leila Brewerton

Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying apprentice 

“If you’re a young woman considering a trade like this, don’t let the fact it’s a male-dominated or quite physical put you off.”

Check out Leila’s full story here.  


Plumbing, Gasfitting and Drainlaying Apprenticeship here, or apply now

Sue Walters

Admin and HR Manager, Northland Scaffolding

“The most rewarding part of my job is working with these men to help them be the best they can be, including helping them to advance their careers through learning while they’re earning.” View Sue’s story here. Read more about a Scaffolding  Apprenticeship here or apply now

Owner and Operations Manager, Wynne Electrical

“As a society we are starting to move towards not having specific roles for different genders. You’re seeing a lot more women turn up in places where generally it’s a male dominated industry, which is fantastic.”

View Rebecca’s story here.

Read more about becoming an electrical apprentice here or apply now.

Apprentice Electrician

“It’s turned me into someone who’s kind of blossomed and is a lot more confident. That just inspires me to keep going every day”.

View Rebekah’s story here.

Read more about becoming an electrical apprentice here or apply now.

Find an employer

The first step of the process is to find an employer. If you’re already working in Plumbing, Electrical or Scaffolding industries, you can approach your employer.

If you are looking to begin your journey, you can contact any of these local businesses directly.

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How The Training Works

There are two main components to your training as an apprentice:
1. On-job training - On-job assessments are completed in the workplace and signed off by a workplace verifier.
2. Off-job training - theory is delivered by on-campus providers in various ways, either day or night classes for example.

During a normal working day an apprentice will learn the skills and knowledge only a qualified tradie can teach. The two forms of learning are designed to be done side-by-side, so learners complete their apprenticeships in around three to four years, sometimes faster.

Supporting You For Success

At enrolment, an EarnLearn account manager is allocated to each learner. They will support learners throughout their training.

Learners can select their preferred on-campus provider, where they will attend their off-job theory training.
Once enrolled, the learner receives a log-in to the online platform where they can access and start their on-job training. Learners will receive an information pack with everything they need to get started.

Start here:

Step 1 – You’ll need to find an employer who is willing to take you on through your chosen trade apprenticeship.

Step 2 – Contact EarnLearn to arrange enrolment. 

Step 3 – Start learning and continue to earn.

Apply now

For more information about any of our programmes or to enrol, fill in this contact form, or give us a call on 0800 327 648 (0800 EARN IT) or send us an email at