As the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, Construction Skills Queensland is taking the opportunity to highlight the significant progress female tradespeople have made during the last decade.

According to CSQ’s new Apprentice Annual report, the number of annual female apprenticeship commencements in the state’s construction industry has doubled since 2006.

Female apprentices now comprise approximately 2.4% of all construction workers in training. Over the last ten years, female representation in the industry has doubled.

CSQ CEO Brett Schimming said the construction industry was entering an exciting new era.

“It is very pleasing to see the increasing number of women who are finding a pathway into the construction industry." 

“The credit for this increase goes to the female construction workers who have blazed a trail for others to follow. They have led by example and shown what women can achieve in the industry."

"We are fortunate to have many passionate female advocates in our industry who volunteer their time to speak with young women about careers in construction,” he said.

CSQ sponsors a number of careers events across Queensland which showcase the construction industry to thousands of young women.