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Website launched to promote construction to women

The Master Builders Association of NSW and the NSW Government have launched a new website which aims to attract, support and promote women in the building and construction industry

A new website, Women Building NSW, has been launched to promote inclusivity and diversity within the building and construction industry.

Women Building NSW was created by the Master Builders Association of NSW, in partnership with the state government, and will provide a range of resources and support for women and young girls, parents, employers and consumers.

Some of the features of the hub include:

  • A detailed job guidebook covering over 100 plus careers and job opportunities for women in trades
  • A business start-up booklet for women interested in establishing a construction business
  • Information for parents, teachers and career advisors.
  • Information on upcoming pre-apprenticeship courses and apprenticeship employment opportunities for girls and women
  • Resources for employers to recruit, retain and support women in construction
  • A Register of female-led businesses in the building and construction industry
  • Women ambassadors and mentors offering support and guidance
  • Industry stories and details of networking events and resources on gender awareness and discrimination.

Master Builders Association of NSW executive director Brian Seidler says he hopes providing vital resources and support will help more women pursue rewarding careers in this sector.

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“As one of the largest sectors, with around 150,000 businesses employing around 400,000 people, the building and construction industry plays a crucial role in the growth and prosperity across every city, town and region in NSW,” he says.

“But sadly, only 15 per cent of that workforce is made up of women, and as little as 3 per cent of tradies are women. This presents a massive opportunity for the future success of the industry, with an untapped pool of the population who have an array of skills and talents to bring to the table.

The Association says the sector is facing chronic workforce shortages and NSW is struggling with a housing crisis, but more women in the industry could combat this.

“Women are the key to ensuring we can unlock the door to many more homes and deliver the vital infrastructure and commercial hubs communities are crying out for,” Seidler says.

“We know the premise of working in a male-dominated industry can be daunting for parents of young girls who might be interested in the trades, so we want to make sure there are appropriate support networks available and clear information on the opportunities.”

More information can be found by visiting the site: http://www.womenbuildingnsw.com.au

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