Vulnerable Women Program

DLPA is extremely proud of this exciting new initiative where we are looking at a different but rewarding way to resolve the under-representation of Women in the Construction industry. There are many women who are qualified, but are not in a position to enter the workforce because they are particularly vulnerable, as a result of having been through a crisis, be it as a refugee, a background in trauma (such as domestic violence),  low socio-economic background or challenges surrounding education.

With the right level of tailored support (including critical ongoing support) these women can thrive in this industry and  become fully productive in employment. Partnering a vulnerable woman through employment also provides a rich opportunity to extend the support to your entire workforce, and train them more broadly in diversity.

Diversity based recruitment often fails for three key reasons:

  • The candidate is placed in the organisation with no further support
  • The organisation is not equipped to support a diverse workforce
  • Organisations cannot attract the right candidates by themselves

In this exciting program DLPA have partnered with key organisations to provide a structured program over 12 months which:

  • Identifies appropriately qualified vulnerable women for the program
  • Places the women in a paid role at a sponsoring organisation
  • Provides support and training to the women over the 12 months
  • Provides support to the organisation throughout the 12 months

As a result, women who are from disadvantaged backgrounds come into the workforce and meaningfully contribute to the organisation. Many of our participants are tertiary qualified, or on the path to gaining these qualifications. We work with the participants and sponsoring organisations to ensure success.

What does the organisation get?

Organisations sign up to the program to employ one of our participants in the organisation. They may select the participant based on the skills and qualifications required, the ability of the organisation to support the individual and other factors relevant to the organisation – just as you would in traditional recruitment scenarios.

Critically the organisation receives:

  • A candidate selected to fill a role in the organisation
  • Support for the participant over 12 months’
  • Monthly support call for the participants manager
  • Access to a support line
  • Additional support is available for the broader work group
  • A more diverse, productive workforce

What does the participant get?

The participant receives the support through an employment placement to find their feet and really flourish into a meaningful and long-term career.

This includes:

  • Participation in a tailored 12-month leadership and management program
  • Fortnightly counselling sessions
  • Monthly coaching sessions
  • Support into the new role

Other Benefits

This project will the provide huge benefits to the organisation, to the participant and over time to the workforce more generally. Through this small investment, these individuals will be primed to fully participate in the workforce for many, many years into the future, and the barriers to participation are minimised. This project is social and commercial. Quite simply – it’s ethical and sustainable recruitment with a dose of commercial reality.

 

To find out more, please fill out the form below or contact the DLPA Team. 

Vulnerable Women