National mentoring program to boost women in construction

Laing O’Rourke and the National Association of Women in Construction have partnered to empower women in the construction industry with the 2018 NSW NAWIC Mentoring Program.As part of  Master Builders Australia‘s ‘Women Building Australia’ initiative a national mentoring program for women will begin to boost the number of women working in the building and construction industry.

Master Builders Australia CEO Denita Wawn said numbers of women participating in building and construction remain low despite the industry presenting a fantastic opportunity for women to pursue secure, fulfilling and rewarding careers.

“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.”

Ms. Wawn said it is an important investment in the future workforce and skill needs of the nation’s second largest industry which will need an additional 300,000 people over the next decade.

“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.”

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

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