When you think of an industry dominated by men, construction is one that may come to mind first. Women comprise of around about 10.9% of the construction workforce but this week highlights that this is changing, the number of women in construction is growing and there is a great number of opportunities available in industry (and education) for this percentage to continue to grow.
Are you looking for roles in construction?
The current shortage of labour within the construction industry presents an opportunity to welcome a greater number of women into the sector. However, companies must first acknowledge and remove their gender bias and actively include more women in their hiring process.
The pay gap and stigma around this topic has reduced drastically throughout the years; however, there is still a lot of work to do. Currently, around 2.5% of women are tradespeople and just under 87% of women hold office positions within the industry. Women are also very underrepresented in executive positions making up only 21%.
The National Association of Women in Construction was founded in 1953 by 16 women within the construction industry. It helped offer its members education, support and networking to help advance their careers in construction, build their technical skills, and become leaders. There are plenty of associations for female construction workers you can join locally and internationally that can help navigate your career.
Making the switch to education
Already working in construction and considering making the switch to education?
Take a look at the exciting construction opportunities on our jobs page. We work with a range of organisations that will help you to gain your teaching qualification on the job allowing you to apply for roles immediately!
Many of our external partners can also give you the opportunity to gain your teaching or assessing qualification in your own time and with our CPD programs in our fantastic Learning Zone, we support you to refine your skillset before, during and after we’ve found you a new role.