Mikaela Stafrace

Victoria
Vocational training innovator

Mikaela founded WomenCAN Australia in 2019 to support vulnerable women to rebuild their work capability, confidence and connections. Women who become disconnected from the workforce can transition back to work through a peer-led vocational training pathway. The place-based model focuses on trades and other skills sets in high labour demand. On graduation, students are connected with local employers. To fund the charity, Mikaela founded a social enterprise that employs tradeswomen, cleaners and gardeners to provide facilities services to women living in crisis and temporary accommodation. After four successful pilots, the program is ready to scale nationally.

Mikaela Stafrace