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Construction may be the sector with the second-fewest female employees in Australia, but an innovative new programme is aiming to crack the cement ceiling and help more women get their hard hats on.
WGEA data shows that just 16.2% of employees in Construction are women, and historically they have struggled to move into management, with women taking up only 12.3% of key manager roles in the industry.
To address gender inequality in the sector, the Australian government has announced it will provide $250,000 for a mentoring scheme partnering female newcomers with leading women in the sector.
Master Builders Australia is joining forces with the government to provide the 12 month pilot program. CEO Wilhelm Harnisch said that increasing the numbers of women in building will play a key role in the industry meeting the rising demand for a skilled workforce.
“We know that while they are currently low in number, women trained in building trades are highly motivated to attain high standards in the skills that employers need,” he said.
Women working in Construction currently face a gender pay gap of 26.3%, yet only 57.1% of employers in the sector have an overall policy on gender equality.
Female workers also struggle to access measures which can help them to juggle caring responsibilities with work: only 35.5% of Construction employers have a flexible working policy.
To address some of the wider issues in the Construction sector, the pilot program will also create an annual award recognising excellence and female leadership, and an ambassador program encouraging young women to enter the industry.
To learn more about gender equality and the Construction industry visit the WGEA Data Explorer.