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Women in trades are being encouraged to take advantage of a new business mentoring program to be offered on the Coffs Coast in May.

ETC’s National Manager of Business and Strategy Jackie Parkinson said the six month program would provide an ideal springboard for tradeswoman wanting to boost their role in non-traditional trade areas such as: chefs, gardeners, mechanics and sheet metal workers.

“This exciting new program would be ideal for tradeswoman who have competed their apprenticeships in non-traditional trades, and/or are working in one of the non-traditional trade areas, and are seeking management roles or looking to establish their own trade business,” Ms Parkinson said.

Ms Parkinson said the participants would receive enormous support.

“Participants accepted into the program will receive support to complete their own business, marketing and financial plan,” she said.

“They will also receive support to develop a social media/marketing strategy and if ready we can assist them develop their social media profile and build a website.

“In addition, they will have an opportunity to participate in networking opportunities and intensive group mentoring sessions as well as individual mentoring from ETC’s experienced female business advisor/mentor.”

Mrs Parkinson said the program was strictly limited to 10 places.

“Applicants will be selected based on how well they meet the criteria and their likelihood to benefit from the program,” Ms Parkinson said.

“To register your interest please complete an expression of interest form available at

For any further enquiries about the program contact Natasha Swansborough at ETC on 6648 5435 or



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