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Mentoring to boost women in building and construction

Mentoring to boost women in building and construction


A national mentoring program for women will boost the numbers of women working in the building and construction industry. 

“Numbers of women participating in building and construction remain low despite our industry presenting a fantastic opportunity for women to pursue secure, fulfilling and rewarding careers,” says Denita Wawn, CEO of Master Builders Australia.

“Part of Master Builders Australia’s Women Building Australia initiative, the mentoring program will work to boost female participation by supporting women starting out in the industry.

“The program, which is funded by the Federal Government, follows the success of a successful pilot project developed and implemented by Master Builders in 2017/18.

“It’s an important investment in the future workforce and skills needs of the nation’s second largest industry. Our industry needs an additional 300,000 people over the next decade, so this is about creating jobs now and in the future that boost productivity and growth.

“It is also a pathway to improve the gender pay gap by encouraging more women into a male dominated higher paying industry.

“Important to the program’s success is the involvement of both male and female mentors who are established in the industry and whose breadth of experience allows mentees to be matched with a mentor who can best support them,” concludes Wawn.

Applications are now open across the country and close on 11 November 2019. Mentoring will commence in February 2020. For more information visit the website.

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