Women welcome at OneFortyOne Tool Skills Day

15 May 23


OneFortyOne together with Empowered Women in Trades is hosting a tool skills day at the Jubilee Sawmill on 30th May.

Empowered Women in Trades (EWIT) Head of Programs Melinda Davis said it will be a unique opportunity for women and non-binary people interested in trades to explore beyond the Sawmill gates in a significant local industry.

“The program will be highly interactive,” Melinda said.

“Participants will tour the Sawmill, have the opportunity to see OneFortyOne’s operations, meet the team, and hear about the range of roles available across the business.”

Part of the experience will include practical sessions with OneFortyOne Jubilee’s Maintenance Team.

Jubilee Maintenance Manager Andrew Hoath said that the team was excited about introducing new people to the site and being able to give a practical glimpse into the industry.

OneFortyOne Scholarship Student Shaiykirra Jones had her heart set on being an electrician, and is now studying Engineering Science majoring in Electronics and Electrical Engineering.

“We are really looking forward to hosting, meeting new people and taking them through some of the activities we do on a day to day,” Andrew said.

“Our Maintenance team includes electricians, fitters, technicians, apprentices and support staff.”

“Supported by our Maintenance Team, the group will learn how to put together an extension lead and will learn to use our thermal imaging cameras.

“Sawmilling and forestry are very male dominated, and we’re working with EWIT to see how we can change that.”

A key element of the tool skills day, is learning about the principles of applied positive psychology, and helping people discover the tools to support a thriving career.

“It can be very daunting for women and non-binary people to enter a very male dominated workplace,” Melinda said.

“Part of the positive psychology sessions we facilitate give people the tools to navigate this and feel more confident being a leader stepping into what can seem to be an intimidating environment.”

“You could be a school leaver, looking to change careers, coming back into the workforce after a career break –  if you’re interested in taking up a trade and finding out more about the jobs available locally, we’d love to meet you.”

The OneFortyOne & Empowered Women in Trades Tool Skills Day will be held on Tuesday 30th May 2023, starting at 9:30am – 2:30pm, with lunch provided.

To find out more about the program, register your interest, or sign up for the experience contact Melinda Davis melinda.davis@ewitrades.com, or visit https://form.jotform.com/EWIT/tool-skills-day-mt-gambier.

OneFortyOne acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their deep connections to land, water, and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all First Nations people today.

In Aotearoa New Zealand, Māori communities have a strong spiritual connection between people and the land – the wellbeing of one sustains the wellbeing of the other. We strive to build meaningful relationships with iwi as tangata whenua (people of the land/region), to be responsible intergenerational kaitiaki (stewards/guardians) of the land where our forests grow.