Did you know that women currently only make up 2% of the building and construction industry’s trade workforce in Australia. It’s great to see an increase in women entering the trades through apprenticeships.
The industry is missing out on skills and talents of half the population. Employing more women within the industry builds economic security for women and drives the Australian economy.
The team at Brick and Block Careers are focused on attracting more women to embrace rewarding career opportunities in the building and construction industry.
Greater diversity makes our workplaces stronger.
Elizabeth Briggs with employer Alan Wainwright.
We asked a few questions to Lizzy’s employer Alan Wainwright.
Q: How was the team with having a female on the job site?
A: Great, they all get along and have a laugh.
Q: What are some of the qualities that a female can bring to the trade that you have noticed so far?
A: I think they work hard; Lizzy has good attention to detail; she goes hard at everything she does.
Q: How come you have never had a female in the past?
A: Did not receive any interest from females even though I have always advertised to encourage both said Alan
Q: What made you want to hire a female apprentice?
A: Gender is not a factor if they were willing to do the job. Lizzy goes above and beyond.
Q: What would you say to someone on the fence about taking on a female apprentice?
A: I would say consider females and give them a fair chance as everyone must start somewhere. Alan has his daughters helping as labourers and he thinks they should be given equal opportunity.