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Abigroup to celebrate International Women's Day

07 February 2012

Abigroup is planning to celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March with a series of events held at the company’s offices and sites around Australia.

This year the Australian Women’s History Forum has chosen the theme of “Women with a Plan” to acknowledge the work of female urban planners and architects and Abigroup has extended this theme to also celebrate women in the construction and engineering sector.

Abigroup’s National Diversity Manager Sandra Triulzi said the aim of the events were to celebrate the achievements of women at Abigroup and to encourage more women to enter the industry.

“Construction and engineering has traditionally been a male dominated industry and here at Abigroup we’re taking positive steps to counteract this imbalance by encouraging more women to join the company and providing them support during their career with us,” she said.

“Over the years an increasing number of females have joined Abigroup in a variety of roles and it’s to celebrate the vital role that these women play in our company and to encourage more women to consider careers in the industry that we are holding these events.”

In Sydney Abigroup is holding a cocktail party at its corporate head office in Chatswood on 8 March where the keynote speaker will be 2011’s National Professional Engineer of the Year Dr Jane Sargison.

Jane is a senior mechanical engineer with BMT WBM and is a specialist in turbines and energy systems with 15 years experience across R&D and industry sectors. She was the 1998 Rhodes Scholar for Tasmania and completed her DPhil at Oxford University in 2001.

A DVD is being prepared for the cocktail party which features interviews with 12 Abigroup women who perform a variety of roles for the company. The interviewees talk about what motivated them to pursue a career in the engineering and construction industry and how they have been supported by Abigroup in the development of their careers.

The DVD will also be played at other Abigroup International Women’s Day events around Australia and will prove a useful recruitment tool to encourage more women to enter the industry.

Females currently studying engineering and Year 10/11 girls from local schools will be invited to some of the events and a timeline poster is being prepared which will depict women engineers, architects and designers who have made a difference in Australia.

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