The Victorian State Government will invest $500k over three years to boost the number of women in construction in the state. The money will be spent on a new online website to provide networking, career counselling, resume services and recruitment and training. The Victorian Trades Hall Council will also run a program on gender bias and violence on construction sites.
Although a welcome shift in the approach to an industry that has been male-dominated both in population and culture for its history, one does wonder how much $160k a year will really deliver in results. The hope then, is that this is a catalyst for broader industry-led change to address the looming trades shortage.
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