Women in Construction with Roadtek
About the Program
In an effort to bridge the gender disparity in the civil construction industry, Protech partnered with RoadTek, the commercial business within the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, and Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) to address the underrepresentation of women in their construction workforce. The Women in Construction program has now been successfully running for seven consecutive years since 2016.
Women from across Queensland were invited to fly into Brisbane where they commenced three weeks of formal training, followed by four weeks of work experience with operational crews at their designated home depot.
The first six programs were run under our labour hire model, where participants received a Certificate II in Infrastructure and Resources upon completion of the 7 week program. In 2022, we enhanced this opportunity, whereby participants were enrolled into a Certificate III in Civil Construction under the Apprentices and Trainees program, offering a chance for a longer career opportunity of up to three years in a traineeship based on their program performance.
The 2022 Program at a Glance
In 2022 Protech held the biggest program yet, with a cohort of 20 female participants and a 100% completion rate. Post-program, eleven participants were chosen by crews at their local depots to continue their employment as trainees, while seven participants maintained employment with Protech in the civil construction industry.
The success of the latest program is made even more significant with the challenges faced by the cohort, including four women testing positive for COVID-19, as well as South East Queensland going through periods of heavy flooding as a result of the largest rainfall in a decade. Through the effective communication between Protech, RoadTek and Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ), and the adaptability of the participants and their trainers, these obstacles were overcome effectively to minimise impact and maximise the quality of the program.
Benefits of the Program
- Unique opportunity for females (without any prior experience) to enter the construction industry through a structured training and employment program.
- Positions RoadTek as an employer of choice for women by encouraging women to take up a career in the construction industry.
- Allows RoadTek and Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) to meet training and diversity targets.
- Assists in creating a more diverse workforce aligned to the Queensland State Government’s priorities.
Women in Non-traditional Roles
Working towards gender diversity across all industries. By creating a program specifically designed to attract, train, and develop women within the industry, Protech can help you diversify your workforce.
Our Commitment to Diversity
The Women in Construction program is a part of Protech’s roadmap to diversifying the civil construction industry, with the goal to raise the number of women from the current 12% to 25% by 2026.
Through initiatives like Women in Construction and Women in Asphalt, along with support and mentorship of those new to industry, Protech will be able to achieve this target and improve job retention. The unrivalled support network we offer is what allows us to deliver quality people, every time, and deliver on our value to always put people first.