Women in Construction

Think the Building and Construction Industry is not for women? Think again.

Think the Building and Construction Industry is not for women? Think again. Want information about how you can start a career in the industry? You’ve come to the right place.

Master Builders NSW is committed to an industry that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. In 2023, we have record numbers of female apprentices in our programs. Of all MBA NSW carpentry apprentices 10% are female. This is more than double the industry NSW average of 2%.

We are excited to deliver Pre-Apprenticeship Programs to recruit, train and support more women in building and construction than ever before.

Our programs are suitable for those finishing high school, changing careers, or looking to re-enter the workforce. Gain an understanding of the building and construction industry and a carpentry trade prior to commencing an apprenticeship.

Course Details

COURSE NAME Course Date Location
Adult Apprenticeship Commencement Training Program Monday 5th August to Friday 16th August 2024 Master Builders Education Centre, Norwest
Pre-Apprenticeship Program Monday 4th November 2024 to Friday 22nd November 2024 Master Builders Education Centre, Norwest

thinking of becoming an apprentice?

Master Builders is the heart of the building industry. We are here to help you become a quality apprentice or trainee. There has never been a better time to start or continue your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Participants in our pre-apprentice programs will learn to

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Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs are held at the Master Builders Education Centre in Norwest.

3rd Stage Apprentice Carpenter Jemma Lawson. One of the dual winners of the Pooley Downing Award - at the 2022 Apprentice Employment Network NSW & ACT Group Training Awards.
1st Stage Apprentice Carpenter Hannah Ipsen. Winner MBA Apprentice of the Year 2022.
2nd Stage Apprentice Carpenter Frankie-Mairead Kelly. Winner MBA Apprentice of the Year 2022.

Our Award Winning female apprentices.

Each year at Master Builders we nominate our talented apprentices for awards events to highlight their hard work and dedication to their apprenticeship. In 2022, we are celebrating 3 award winners.

Here’s what some of our female apprentices have to say about their experience.

Candice Arnall, 1st Stage Apprentice Carpenter
“I had a really positive work experience which has resulted in me securing a full-time apprenticeship with House to Home Constructions. I got to work in a beautiful part of the central coast on a large residential property. Over the two days I got to do a lot of different jobs and there was plenty of variety. My host employer Greg was really easy to get along with and very supportive. The other apprentices on site were also accepting and very easy to talk to and shared their stories with me” 
Click here to read more about female apprentices in the industry.

Master Builders Programs

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School Leaver Apprenticeship Program

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Register Your Interest to Offer Work Experience Opportunities

Type of Work(Required)
Size of Company
Do you Currently Employ Apprentices(Required)
Have you had Work experience students in the past?(Required)
Reason for your interest in work experience placements?(Required)
Preferred Time of Year(Required)
Are You a Member of Master Builders Association?(Required)

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This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between Master Builders Association of NSW Pty Ltd, ABN 11 074 397 532 (MBANSW) and you.

MBANSW is the registered Group Training Organisation and Apprenticeship Services arm of Master Builders Association of New South Wales, ABN 96 550 042 906 (Master Builders)

“You”, “your” and “Host Employer” refer to you, your company and business nominated in the table below.

This document outlines the direct debit arrangements between MBANSW and you.

Direct Debit Terms and Conditions

  • Your nominated account or credit card will be debited weekly for hosting a MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee.
  • The first debit to your account will occur within 7 working days of the MBAS or MBAS+ apprentice or trainee commencing their placement with your business.
  • If an invoice payment is due on a non-business day, it will be debited from your account on the following business day.
  • Host Employer account information held by MBANSW will be kept confidential. Please note that some information is provided to the MBANSW financial institution to initiate the debit to your nominated account.
  • MBANSW will give you a minimum of 14 days’ notice in writing of changes to these Terms and Conditions.
  • If you wish to make changes to this arrangement, please contact MBANSW on (02) 8586 3533.

Your responsibility in this arrangement

  • Ensure that your nominated account can accept direct debits (your financial institution can confirm this).
  • Ensure there are sufficient cleared funds in the nominated account on the drawing date.
  • Advise MBANSW in writing if the nominated account is transferred or closed.

Please note that if your payment is dishonoured by your financial institution, a re-draw will take place within 7 days.

Any transaction fees payable by MBANSW in respect to a dishonoured payment will be added to your account.


Please direct all enquiries to MBAS (02) 8586 3533 or apprenticeship@mbansw.asn.au;

Please include your phone and email address.

I/We authorise MBANSW to arrange for funds to be debited from my/our nominated account at the financial institution identified below.

This authority to direct debit will remain in place in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.