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Building Women Mentoring Program

Connecting women in the WA housing industry

Building Women Mentoring Program

Connecting women in the WA housing industry

HIA Building Women is all about encouraging and supporting women in residential building and construction through providing opportunities to learn, grow and connect.

The Building Women Mentoring Program has been created with the support of the Construction Training Fund and the Department of Communities to develop leadership skills and opportunities, enhance communication, increase female participation and retention, and provide a support network for women in the residential building industry in Western Australia.

Apply now

Who can get involved?

The Building Women Mentoring program is about forging new relationships between two groups: women wanting advice on how to navigate their careers and those who've already made progress. All participants will have the chance to skill up with free training. Download our flyer to share with your colleagues or get in touch for more information.

Mentors who want to guide

Women in the housing industry who work in a management or supervisory role (with over six years of experience) seeking opportunities to become better leaders through bespoke training and teaching.

Women keen to learn from the best

Women employed in any role within the residential building industry – apprentice, trade, professional, administration or technical. Want training and one-on-one guidance from established women?

Why join the program?

Mentoring is a collaborative learning relationship that provides personal and professional rewards for both mentors and mentees. This industry-specific program will provide you with new skills, expand your views, and build confidence. You will be a big part of initiating change for women in the industry.

Mentee benefits:

  • Learn from the experience of others
  • Explore issues and concerns
  • Gain experienced guidance and support
  • Expand development potential

Mentor benefits:

  • Recognition as an industry leader
  • Share your experiences with fellow industry professionals
  • Enrich your mentoring/leadership skills
  • Face new challenges and gain new perspective

The schedule

Activity Date
31 March Opportunity for 15 mentees and mentors - registration closes
12 April  Selection and allocation of mentors and mentors - applicants notified
22 April Training for mentors (1:00pm - 4:30pm)
30 April Training for mentees (1:00pm - 4:30pm)
 8 May Launch event (5:00pm - 6:30pm)
Monthly One-on-one mentoring sessions (self-managed)
15 July Mentee check-in and DISC analysis 
Virtual Learning modules - short courses 
9 October Debrief and program conclusion (2:30pm - 5:00pm) 

Meet Shona Rowan

HIA developed this program with high performance coach Shona Rowan. Shona has more than 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurs, business owners and career-minded individuals to achieve success.

Apply now

If you’re an established leader and operator interested in becoming a mentor, or an employee or small business operator seeking a mentor for guidance and support to help you grow and achieve your goals, then enter now!

The Building Women Mentoring  program will help you develop skills, expand viewpoints, build confidence and develop leadership skills. Through your participation, the industry has the ability to foster diversity and achieve cultural change.

Applications close on 31 March 2024.

Just fill out the form* and we'll be in touch.**

I understand that I will need to attend the two workshops and online sessions on the prescribed dates (to be announced).

Note: Places are limited to 15 for the pilot program. If you are not selected, you will be considered for future programs.

* All information provided is confidential and for the purposes of allocating mentors and mentees only.

** This program is only open to residential building industry professionals located in Western Australia.

Construction Training Fund is HIA's major partner for the Building Women Mentoring Program. The program is supported by Government of Western Australia Department of Communities. 


Proudly supported by

The Construction Training Fund (CTF) supports Western Australia's building and construction industry to meet its demand for skilled workers, while supporting the development of a modern and progressive building and construction industry.

We do this by:

  • funding training and skills development
  • providing employer and apprentice grants and programs
  • research and advocacy
  • showcasing construction careers in our Construction Futures Centre.

The CTF supports a safe, skilled and sustainable future for all who work in the industry.