The Property Council of Australia (PCA)’s Girl’s in Property program launches in Western Australia next week – with a goal to encourage greater female participation in the state’s property industry.
On Wednesday 10 October, 52 female Year 9 students from Shenton College will take part in the 2018 Western Australian Girls in Property program at Curtin University. The program will be delivered across a full day with a focus on students understanding the tangible opportunities of the property industry through a hands-on experience model, including afternoon site tours at the Construction Futures Centre in Belmont and the State Buildings in Perth City.
The program will also give the students an opportunity to connect with inspirational and talented professionals in the property industry, including some of the best and brightest women working across both the private and public sectors.
“With the property industry being Australia’s biggest employer, taking action to engage with tomorrow’s professionals today is an important initiative for the Property Council of Australia and the Girls in Property program supporters,” said PCA WA Executive Director, Sandra Brewer.
“As public debate circles around greater female representation in male-dominated industries, the Property Council of Australia’s diversity programs and initiatives aim to proactively provide direction for the next generation of female property professionals,” she said.
The PCA hopes the initiative will assist more young women to choose a career in property, by seeing first hand the full range of options that are available and how rewarding working in the property industry can be.
Ray Haeren, Regional Director at Urbis said the program is important both for the industry and for the participants.
“As an industry, we need more women in the property sector to provide better diversity and to benefit from the large pool of talent that is currently underrepresented in the property sector. It is good for participants in that the property sector is dynamic and diverse, and we can introduce these girls into a sector which offers great career potential,” Mr Haeren said.
“I hope that the participants will see the diverse range of roles and the exciting opportunities that are afforded by the property sector and I hope that some may consider options for a career that they previously did not know existed or understand that gender is not a barrier to getting into this industry,” he shared.
More information on the Girl’s in Property program can be found here.