In 2015 the National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative supported hundreds of women in achieving their goals of personal and professional development, leadership and management.  The Hon. Julia Gillard praised the initiative for its important role in enabling the advancement of women into higher levels of leadership at the Australian Awards for Excellence in Women’s Leadership in Sydney. The initiative has also helped with gender diversity across all industry sectors in the areas of leadership and management from aspiring leaders to senior managers to directors and CEO’s.

Yet still more needs to be done. Despite reports that indicate gender parity progress could increase global GDP by up to $12 trillion by 2025, female representation on Australian company boards has increased by just 2% from 2012. Only 23% of these companies have met a target of one quarter of their directors being female.

In line with the national ambition of the National Industry Scholarship Grant Initiative, from February 10th $250,000 in scholarship funding has been provisioned for the development of women from early career through to senior level in the Construction sector.

The major challenge of the initiative is to ensure that details of the initiative are disseminated across the sector to ensure that all Construction sector women have equitable access to the opportunity. It is also important that women across the sector are aware that applications for scholarship grants must be submitted prior to 31st March.

For more information, please click on the the following link: Funding Grants – Women in Construction