Patternmaker Paul Kay is now used to the idea of working by himself.
The skills shortage in the foundry sector shows there is a continuing demand for "traditional" trades.
Women make up just 1% of the workforce in the construction, engineering and automotive trades in Australia.
Bringing more women into the trades requires challenging social stigmas and improving mentoring programs and workplace culture.
Jacqui Lambie said on Q&A that apprenticeship numbers were going ‘wayside’.
Was Jacqui Lambie correct to say apprenticeships are going "wayside" and that there are more than one million 457 work visa holders in Australia?
A lack of female tradies means young women don’t want to pursue a trade career, despite the pay advantage.
Male domination of trades and trade courses in the automotive, construction, mining and energy sectors is entrenched above 95%, despite the substantial pay advantage compared to other trades such as hairdressing…