NAWIC


Where are the Women?

Recently it came to my attention that there are only four female apprentice bricklayers currently in training in Australia. Four!  Nationwide!  Wow. Whilst I knew the numbers would be low I was shocked to hear that it was that low.  Admittedly, there are also another six female bricklayers who have completed their training in recent […]

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Let’s focus on keeping the apprentices we have

As Membership Chair of QLD National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and General Manager of a residential building company I’m an avid promoter of bringing new blood into the construction trade. With the downturn of the industry last year and the slow climb out, it’s not surprising young people are concerned about a future in the trades.

It’s hard to convince high school students to get into a trade apprenticeship because we can’t promise there’s a job out there for them at the end of their training. I am currently helping two girls – one on the Sunshine Coast and one on the Gold Coast who have their heart set on being a carpenter (I told them bricklaying is better!).

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