Women in construction

International Women’s Day

This year for International Women’s Day we are being asked to #BeBoldForChange to help forge a better and more inclusive working world. At CSQ we are committed to encouraging women to consider a career in construction, and continually support those women who enter into the industry along their journey. It is vital for the long-term sustainability of the construction industry to attract more women and create a more gender diverse workforce in order to perform better culturally and financially.

It may come as no surprise that females are underrepresented in the construction industry, with women currently making up 12% of the building and construction workforce in Queensland. However, there has been a steady increase in the proportion of construction apprentices who are female entering into the construction industry over the past decade.
 
Women in the industry
We are committed to celebrating the achievements of women in this male dominated industry. At the 2016 CSQ Excellence Awards we were delighted to award Penny Cornah, Executive Director Master Plumbers Association of Queensland, with the Civil Contractors Federation Award for Construction Professional of the Year. Penny is setting an outstanding example for women in construction and leading the way to encourage more women to join her in the industry. You can read more about Penny’s story in our news centre.
 
Construction events for women
This International Women’s day, CSQ has partnered with TAFE Queensland SkillTech to hold two female-only Try’a Trade events at Bracken Ridge and Acacia Ridge. These events are designed for female school students interested in learning more about career options in the construction industry. Try’a Trades are hands on events where the students have the opportunity to try their hands at painting, carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades. The students will also have the opportunity to hear from women in the industry about their experiences with working in construction.

Organisations such as NAWIC are also promoting and improving the construction industry through the advancement of women – through an organisation that is run by women for women. Each year NAWIC hosts an awards ceremony to celebrate women in construction and their outstanding achievements. This year CSQ is pleased to announce that we are sponsoring the NAWIC Tradeswoman of the Year Award – we can’t wait to see who takes it out later this year.
 
Other resources
There are no shortage of organisations dedicated to ensuring that women have equal opportunities to pursue their career dreams and progress to higher positions.

Check out these useful links for more information:

nawic.com.au
communities.qld.gov.au/communityservices/women/about-the-office-for-women
cew.org.au
internationalwomensday.com
paynter.com.au/women-in-construction
business.qld.gov.au/starting-business/advice-support/support/industry-associations/women-in-business
masterbuilders.com.au/newsarticles/boosting-womens-participation-in-buildingtop-priority-for-master-builders-
humanrights.gov.au/our-work/sex-discrimination/projects/women-male-dominated-industries-toolkit-strategies
 
This information is correct as at: 9/21/2017. Please visit the website to view the most up-to-date information.

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