Men­tor­ing program for women in build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try

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A BE­SPOKE men­tor­ing program de­signed to sup­port NSW women in the build­ing and con­struc­tion in­dus­try has been launched by Mas­ter Builders Aus­tralia.

Part of Mas­ter Builders Ad­vanc­ing Women in Build­ing and Con­struc­tion ini­tia­tive which is cur­rently be­ing rolled out through­out the state, the program will sup­port women who are cur­rently work­ing in build­ing and con­struc­tion, and those on train­ing path­ways to ca­reers in the in­dus­try.

“We want to en­cour­age more women to work in the in­dus­try and to ac­cess train­ing path­ways to ca­reers in the in­dus­try. A big part of that is about sup­port­ing them in their choice. We also need to en­sure that the in­dus­try is pre­pared and will­ing to ac­cept them,” said Denita Wawn, CEO of Mas­ter Builders Aus­tralia.

“Re­cruit­ing men and women who are achiev­ers in the in­dus­try and en­cour­ag­ing them to men­tor women, looking to do the same, is an im­por­tant step to re­tain­ing more women in the in­dus­try,” she said.

Michael Ker­schbaum, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Mas­ter Builders Tas­ma­nia said the state’s builders are get­ting be­hind the program. “There is still a way to go, but some of our mem­bers, in­clud­ing the state’s lead­ing builders, are mak­ing a con­certed ef­fort to re­cruit more women and, what’s more they are start­ing to see the ben­e­fits.”

The men­tor­ing program is part of the pos­i­tive ap­proach that Mas­ter Builders is tak­ing to boost­ing the numbers of women in the in­dus­try. Re­search shows that when women are at­tracted to ca­reers in the in­dus­try but they of­ten drop out dur­ing train­ing or fail to go on and work in the in­dus­try even when they have com­pleted train­ing.

“Ad­vanc­ing Women in Build­ing and Con­struc­tion, and the men­tor­ing program in par­tic­u­lar will work to counter this trend by spurring in­dus­try lead­ers to sup­port women start­ing out in build­ing and con­struc­tion so they are more re­silient and able to re­alise their full po­ten­tial,” Denita said.

“That’s why Ad­vanc­ing Women in Build­ing and Con­struc­tion is a win for the in­dus­try. Firms em­ploy­ing women tes­tify to the ben­e­fits they de­liver to the busi­nesses bot­tom line and pro­duc­tiv­ity will be boosted by bring­ing new skills and ap­proaches to the work­force,” she said.

Men­tors will be drawn from ex­pe­ri­enced in­dus­try prac­ti­tion­ers with a cur­rent su­per­vi­sory role or own their own busi­ness. Men­tees will be women with up to five years’ ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in the in­dus­try part or full time, com­plet­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship or in a pre-em­ploy­ment program.

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