Work by male-or­der

Men are find­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in fe­male­dom­i­nated fields, says

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Job Focus -

IN­TRO­DUC­ING more male work­ers into fe­male-dom­i­nated in­dus­tries ben­e­fits ev­ery­one in­volved – the worker, the client and the em­ployer.

Health and so­cial as­sis­tance (22 per cent), ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing (29 per cent) and re­tail (44 per cent) have the lowest male par­tic­i­pa­tion rates in Aus­tralia but, as with women in male-dom­i­nated in­dus­tries, that is slowly chang­ing as men re­alise the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able. man­u­fac­tur­ing, hor­ti­cul­ture, pack­ag­ing and lo­gis­tics.

“With the de­cline of the au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try and man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try … it’s a good op­por­tu­nity (for men to make a ca­reer change and) use skills they gained in those in­dus­tries. With a lit­tle bit of train­ing they can eas­ily tran­si­tion into the dis­abil­ity sec­tor,” she says.

“With the NDIS be­ing rolled out – fund­ing in­creas­ing from $6 bil­lion to $22 bil­lion – we have a mas­sive work­force we need to fill.

“We are one of the few in­dus­tries ramp­ing up for mas­sive growth.”

HELP­ING HAND:

Bed­ford client David Weaver with ZaZa Workolo. Pic­ture: TRICIA

WATKIN­SON

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