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MBA’s Women in Civil Program – Creating a Diverse Workforce in the Civil Construction Industry


Master Builders ACT will be running the Women in Civil Construction program in conjunction with SPARK Ginninderry, for the third year in a row. The program is designed to create pathways to encourage more women to join the civil construction sector.

Master Builders ACT is determined to see greater representation of females in the civil sector. Master Builders ACT Commercial Director Liz Nair says, “A diverse workforce is important at any time but attracting more females to an industry that comprises less than 10% of women is an exciting opportunity. This innovative program has seen over 70% of participants gain full time employment post program.”

Ginninderry Training and Employment Manager, Emma Sckrabei, believes that women who choose a career in civil construction will play a role in changing the face of the city given its focus on large, game changing projects. “Civil construction is an exciting part of the sector with interesting roles across the planning, design and creation of major infrastructure projects. The women who participate in the program will see plenty of opportunities for a bright future,” Emma said.

The Women in Civil Construction program covers important industry topics including:

  • White Card
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Manual Handling
  • Bullying and Harassment

The program takes a holistic approach to introducing the group to the civil sector, with Tradie Yoga and HBDI thinking preference profiling also comprising the 9-week program.

Anisha Sachdeva, a Director with Huon Contractors and Deputy Chair of the Civil Contractors Federation of the ACT said, “we are all very committed to recruiting more women into the civil sector, and this program allows the candidates to see and hear firsthand from women already working in civil construction.”

With the MBA and Civil Contractors Federation members behind this program, we look forward to seeing the percentage of female workers in the civil sector grow.