CCF NSW WOMEN IN CIVIL MENTORING PROGRAM
The CCF NSW Women in Civil Mentoring Program forms part of the Civil Contractors Federation NSW’s Women in Civil Program, which was launched in June 2016 to provide an environment of support for women to encourage them to join and remain in the NSW civil construction and maintenance industry.
The Women in Civil Program was designed with two goals in mind;
- To boost the number of women involved in the civil contracting industry
- To provide an environment of support for women and encourage them to join and remain in the NSW civil construction and maintenance industry
CCF NSW commissioned research by BIS Oxford Economics in 2018 estimated that total civil infrastructure spending in NSW will increase to $179 billion over a 10-year forecast. At a time when the NSW Government is spending record amounts on infrastructure, the civil construction and maintenance industry is facing critical labour shortages, and we need to grow our workforce to ensure projects are going to be delivered.
Females are grossly underrepresented in the high-demand labour areas we have in our industry. A Workplace Gender Equality Agency survey found that in 2015 only 12.98 percent of the Heavy and Civil Construction sector’s workforce was made up of females, compared to an average of 49 percent for all industries surveyed. The Civil Construction Industry has just 4.2% women in civil-related roles (excluding administrative/clerical) (CCF survey, 2017). This presents a significant opportunity for the civil contracting industry if we can attract and retain women into the skill areas we need.
The civil construction and maintenance industry must ensure that it has a safe and welcoming place for females to land.
Gender Reporting Information required for reporting to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012