In a recent report it was revealed that the construction industry’s masculine culture and underlying sexual harassment is forcing women out of the industry, even if they love their work.
The report found that the completion rate for females in apprenticeships has dropped, comparatively 15 per cent lower than men over the past 5 years, despite more women taking up apprenticeships in carpentry and electrical.
The masculine culture of the industry has been identified as the greatest obstacle to women in the industry. Women want to do the work but the culture is forcing them to leave.
The report also revealed that female participation in the industry was higher in 1987 that it has been in most year since.
Women in the industry commonly felt uncomfortable and disrespected by the masculine language and view of them on the worksite.
The study’s sponsors said we shouldn’t tolerate this on worksites and called on construction sites, every community, leaders and managers to stand up and call out unacceptable behaviour on sites.