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If you want a career with a big future, with opportunities to learn on the job that also provides choice and variety as well as the opportunity to earn great money andcombine travel with work - then take a look at some of the many careers in the building and construction industry.

The building and construction industry involves much more than laying bricks, fixing pipes, putting up walls and roofs. It is a globally competitive industry that employs nearly 1 million people around Australia.

Employer Experiences

  • Charlie Faraj - Owner, Above and Beyond Constructions

    Allison is the best asset to my business. She has quickly grown into multiple roles. I hope in the near...

  • Simmo's Plumbing and Coring P/L

    Georgia has fitted into our business very well. She has very good attention to detail and she is a very...

The Challenge

A career in trade is something historically pursed by men with connections in the industry. 

One of the biggest challenges facing women in the industry is networking - getting to know the right people and companies and getting a foot in the door.

Shifting employer perceptions is key to addressing these challenges. 

But there is a long road ahead - many employers still hold to the sterotypes passed on by previous generations.

With more women in trades, employers are beginning to understand how wrong their perceptions have been in the past!

Success stories

  • Georgia Ugov

    Originally from Queensland, Georgia grew up in Tarago with her family a small village about 45 minutes...

  • Ally Knights

    After growing up in Canberra and having an extended family in the construction industry, Ally also thought...

  • Follow the Dream
    Henriette Smit ATC and Country Style Windows

    Henriette was born in South Africa and emigrated to Australia with her family in 2002. Growing up the...