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Abigroup employee wins Women in Construction award

12 October 2010

Abigroup’s Amy Weule has won the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) Queensland Crystal Vision Award in the Contribution in Building and Construction Trades category.

Amy is a plant operator on the Cooroy to Curra (C2C) Bruce Highway Upgrade project She started her career with Abigroup in March 2008 as a labourer on the Hume Highway Southern Alliance in Albury. She moved to the C2C project in October 2009 and now drives an 825H Compactor on site. 

C2C Site Superintendent Greg Court says, “Amy demonstrates all the attributes an employer seeks in a worker. She is a hardworking, honest employee. Nothing is too much trouble.

“She has shown persistence in pursuing her chosen career. Not only has she completed a traineeship, despite the long hours spent learning theory; she has also very quickly adapted to new machines and different skills.”

Amy with her award

On site

Each year, the NAWIC awards recognise the outstanding achievements of women in the construction industry and aim to encourage more women to take up a career in construction. Less than 3% of construction workers in Queensland are women.

Abigroup is actively working to encourage more women to take up and remain in engineering and construction careers. The company set up a women@abigroup National Leadership Forum in 2009 to look at ways to help overcome the under-representation of women in the industry.

Among the measures that Abigroup has introduced to retain, attract and develop women at all levels within the company are:

  • the introduction of family friendly policies like paid parental leave and flexible working;
  • development of a secondment program with key consultants to encourage women to explore different career paths within the construction industry and demonstrate the benefit of gender diversity in site based teams;
  • establishment of regional women@abigroup forums to support regional and site based initiatives and to communicate the company’s strategies around gender diversity; and
  • the development of ‘buddy’ programs for site based women.

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