Women in Trades Grant Program Phase One Success

Posted 12 November 2018

Women in Trades Grant Program Phase One Success

After Master Builders ACT’s success in receiving a grant for the Women in Trades Program, phase one of the Pre-Apprenticeship program has resulted in 50% of the participants at MBA ACT finding employment or apprenticeships in the construction industry.


Master Builders ACT CEO, Michael Hopkins, said “MBA ACT had recruited half of the females who participated. The participants of the four-week program gained insight into a full range of experiences within the construction industry including structured training, hands on simulated work and work site placements. The program allowed the women to determine whether they would like to pursue a career in the construction industry.”


The four participants of the program who have recently commenced their careers in construction as MBA carpentry apprentices are Jessica Pinney-Martin, Sophia Sako, Maddison Gibbons and Anita Hac.


The participants of the four-week program were provided with the opportunity to gain insight into a full range of experiences within the construction industry including structured training, hands on simulated work and work site placements. The program allowed the women to determine whether they would like to pursue a career in the construction industry.


Program participant Anita said, “Having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture I knew I wanted to do more and expand my knowledge on the practical aspects. The Women in Trades program allowed me the opportunity to get a feel for what it would be like to work in a trade in the building and construction industry and combine it with my university degree.”


Maddison said, “My biggest achievement was finishing the course and then to go on to do an apprenticeship. I have found that since doing this program I am able to put my anxiety behind me.”


Jessica said, “Through hearing from several successful women in the industry and being able to have some hands-on experiences such as using explosive power tools in the workshop, I was able to make the decision that carpentry is the right career for me, and I know that I now have the support of MBA as well as the networks that I have built within the industry.”


Minister Fitzharris announced on the 6th of November that a second round of grants for the Women in Trades Program are open for applications.


Mr Hopkins said, “The ACT Government should be congratulated for the success of the program. MBA ACT will be applying for funding in round two to encourage women to consider a trade in the civil or infrastructure projects field.”

 

For further information please contact Master Builders ACT:

Michael Hopkins, CEO, 0418 984 594
Karen Freer, Marketing Manager, 0437 955 923

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