Mentorship program to help increase female participation in building industry

A new national mentoring program to boost the number of women in the male-dominated building industry is being launched by Master Builders today.

Building and construction is Australia’s most male-dominated industry with women making up only 11 per cent of the industry’s 1.1 million workers.

To help address this imbalance, the Women Building Australia Mentoring Program will encourage and support women currently working in the industry and those who are on training pathways to careers in the industry.

By recruiting mentors from thousands of builders and building businesses across Australia, Women Building Australia will also help ensure more women are accepted in the industry.

Master Builders SA Chief Executive Ian Markos said there was plenty of opportunity right now for women to build careers in building and construction and that encouragement and support were important to training and retaining them.

 “Unfortunately the number of women in building trades, para-professional and professional jobs remains woefully low.

“Too many women drop out of training or choose not to start jobs when they finish their training, so this is a hugely important initiative for the industry’s future.”

Mr Markos said mentees would be selected from the Master Builders SA HiViZ membership, a program committed to inspiring leadership, providing unique experiences and quality events for women across all segments of the industry.

Sue Wundenberg, CSR Regional General Manager SA/NT and HiViz Chair, threw her support behind the program.

“It’s important that women interested in a career in the industry have the confidence and resilience to fulfil their full potential,” she said.

Women Building Australia will empower women to bring new skills and approaches to businesses that boost productivity. All builders should get behind it.”

This media release can be downloaded as a PDF here