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,” Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn said.
“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,” she said.
“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 which 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,” Ms Wawn said.
“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,” she said.
Applications are now open across the country and close on November 11, 2019. Mentoring will commence in February 2020.