Women in the Construction Industry are Building Great Careers

To coincide with International Women’s Day, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) held their annual NAWIC Crystal Vision Awards for Western Australia (WA) in Sydney on March 8. NAWIC’s aim is to promote networking, and provide opportunities for women working in the male dominated construction industry. NAWIC Crystal Vision Awards were created to recognise outstanding achievements by women in positions within construction and associated fields.

Awards include:-

  • Outstanding Achievement In Design.
  • Contribution to Sustainability.
  • Outstanding Achievement In Construction.
  • Crystal Vision Award.
  • Apprentice or Student of the Year Award

This year’s winner of the Apprentice or Student of the Year Award was Doric employee Kristy Dyson, from Doubleview, for her start-up work on BHP Billiton’s Jimblebar Project.

Ms Dyson was honoured to have received the award.

“The construction industry is a challenging one to get into as a student and being a female, you can sometimes feel in the minority, but it’s great to know that my perseverance has been recognised”, she said.

Hayley McBride, president of NAWIC WA said that the calibre of nominees in this year’s awards was exceptional.

“Our winners are shining examples to women thinking about a career in the construction sector and those already working within it,” she said.

“These women demonstrate that the construction industry is a great career choice for women because it provides potential for career advancement and the opportunity for talented workers to reach great heights within the industry.”

All workers within the construction industry who are required to either work on a construction site or enter a construction site, are required by law to hold a valid White Card – Work Safely in the Construction Industry.

I’ve Lost my White Card/Blue Card – What do I do?

Although the Blue Card is still valid throughout Australia, they are no longer being issued.

The national White Card has replaced the old Blue Card, Red Card and Green Card. If you have lost your Blue Card, you may be able to obtain a replacement card by contacting the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that originally issued your card, however it is likely that all Blue Card holders will be required by law to upgrade to a White Card in the not too distant future. For this reason, if you have lost your Blue Card we advise that you apply for the new national White Card.

The National White Card is valid throughout Australia and can be obtained quickly and easily online for a nominal fee.

In the case of a lost White Card, the issuing RTO should be able to re-issue the card for a small fee. The new card can generally be replaced almost immediately.

If we issued your original White Card, we require a formal request via email for a replacement. Please send your full name, date of birth and address, and reason you require a replacement to support@narbiltraining.edu.au. We will reply by email with our Replacement Card Policy and once the necessary documentation has been received, the new card number will be emailed to you, usually within an hour. The replacement card will be sent in the next available post.

Queensland Residential Construction Shows Growth and an Increase in Construction Jobs

The Master Builders quarterly survey has shown signs of an industry recovery in the residential construction industry within Queensland. December figures showed an improvement over the previous 12 months of regional building approvals, up 3.8% from the same period the previous year.

This is an excellent result considering nationwide approvals fell by 4.4% over the same period. Paul Bidwell, director of housing policy at Master Builders, says “Looking closely at the regional figures, it is clear that regional Queensland has fared much better than south-east Queensland and is currently driving the emerging resurgence in the housing sector.”

“This positive outlook confirms our view that 2013 will be a good year for Queensland’s building industry, particularly the housing sector.”

An increase in approvals of 93.6% in the Mackay and Whitsunday regions is likely to see an increase in job opportunities in the construction industry in these areas. Central Queensland also showed a huge increase with a 53.2% lift in new home approvals.

All construction industry workers require a White Card – Work Safely in the Construction Industry certificate. Narbil Training offers White Card Training courses online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.