New Program for Female Students

The property industry has come up with a smart idea to grab the attention of the next generation of potential recruits with the latest initiative in its campaign to promote diversity and equal opportunity in the sector.

The Property Council of Australia yesterday kicked off a new pilot program in Sydney to introduce female high-school students to the range of career possibilities open to them in the industry.

Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said the three-day pilot program, supported by industry members and the NSW Department of Education, would involve students from four northern Sydney public schools and aimed to help them make informed career choices

“Girls in Property is an incredibly important program to ensure the property industry has a diverse workforce and more young women are choosing property as a career,’’ she said.

“The pilot program will involve 120 girls currently considering their senior subject selection choices and possible career paths.’’

Property Council NSW executive director Jane Fitzgerald. Photo: Supplied.

She said over the three days those involved would hear from politicians, be taken on tours of world-class developments, speak to industry leaders, and work with their peers on real-life projects that could influence actual property developments.

“The property industry has embraced the challenge of making diversity a key priority and at the core of everything we do – instilling the value of equity of opportunity,’’ she said.

“The Property Council has formed diversity committees across Australia and their work includes conducting mentoring programs, research initiatives, new event formats and professional development initiatives.

“It is hoped that with the assistance of this initiative and the support and cooperation of industry members and the Department of Education, more women will choose to work in the property industry.’’

What is Girls in Property Week?

  • Girls in Property Week is an initiative of the Property Council of Australia’s NSW Diversity Committee and will run from 15th – 19th May, 2017 as a pilot program.
  • The pilot will run in four public girls’ schools in Northern Sydney (Cheltenham Girls High School, Northern Beaches Secondary College, Mackellar Campus, Riverside Girls High School and Asquith Girls High School) and involve the participation of approximately 120 girls in year ten.
  • The week will run across three days of activities – Monday 15 May, Thursday 18 May and Friday, 19 May 2017
  • Girls in Property Week is an initiative endorsed by the NSW Department of Education and is supported by a range of organisations and companies from across the property industry.

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