WITS About Us Podcast
Hear from industry experts, female apprentices and trade career coaches in our 6-part series.
Proudly presented by MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees, the WITS About Us Podcast provides fresh thinking, real experiences and stirring stories to inspire more women working in trades for women in trades.
- Episode 1: Hacia Atherton
Hacia Atherton’s work in this space is revolutionising how trade-based industries in Australia attract, support, and retain female careers within skilled trades.
Her desire to help others succeed emerged after sustaining crushing injuries in a life-threatening equestrian accident. After being told she may never walk again, Hacia realised that success is a relative concept that must constantly be redefined, and that advancement in life is primarily based on one’s ability to implement incremental goals.
- Episode 2: Louise Azzopardi
Episode 2 of the WITS About Us Podcast features Louise Azzopardi, heavy vehicle mechanic and life coach.
From a 15-year-old high school student with no intentions of pursuing higher education to becoming the first female to ever receive a Gold Medal in the Australian National Heavy Vehicle competition, Louise's story is one of determination, resilience, and triumph.
- Episode 3: Peta Skujins
Episode 3 of the WITS About Us Podcast features Peta Skujins from Integrated Information Service.
The episode explores the potential of trades as a career path for young women. It emphasises the role of parents and educators in supporting young people in the career decision-making process and looks at how trades align with the growth of the Australian job market.
- Episode 4: Christina Scott-Young and Jessica Borg
Episode 4 of the WITS About Us Podcast features Associate Professor Christina M. Scott-Young from RMIT University and Dr Jessica Borg, a lecturer and researcher from the University of Melbourne.
The episode explores women's underrepresentation in trades, focusing on construction, addressing skill gaps through apprenticeships, and the importance of promoting inclusivity.
- Episode 5: Karly Martin
Episode 5 of the WITS About Us Podcast features Karly Martin, a recently qualified Mechanical Fitter based in Sydney.
The episode delves into Karly’s remarkable work in the trades industry, born from her journey to overcome adversity.
About the WITS About Us Podcast
WITS About Us is a podcast series designed to provide valuable resources for New South Wales women interested in a trade career. The series features six episodes with interviews with industry experts, female apprentices, and trade career coaches.
The podcast is part of the Connecting Women to Trades Grant Program, which aims to increase the number of women in trade jobs as part of the NSW Government's Women in Trades Strategy.
Created by MIGAS Apprentices & Trainees in partnership with the NSW Government, WITS About Us podcast is committed to promoting gender diversity and empowering women in the trades industry.
WITS About Us Podcast host, Stacey Wallace.
This project is funded under the grant program by Trade Pathways Program - Training Services NSW.