The women expressed concerns about potential language barriers affecting their job prospects, particularly in construction site-based roles, and the need for workplace flexibility to accommodate their commitments to young families at home. Addressing these concerns, Taylor provided education on the various office-based roles available within the construction industry, broadening the participants’ perspectives. Discussions were held about viable career paths that offer flexibility and inclusivity, including contract administration, estimating, design, marketing, and communications, emphasising that the construction sector has more to offer than traditional site-based positions.
Dean Fondas, Project Director, and Ben Langshaw, Site Manager, then presented a brief project overview before leading an informative site tour. For most of the women, it was their first time on a live construction site. Explaining construction methodology and key challenges, the women gained valuable insights into the day-to-day operations on-site, including site safety induction. The day concluded with lunch and more networking opportunities, a great chance to further develop connections.
Many thanks to 3 Tomatoes for providing catering for the event. Run by two Syrian Sisters, 3 Tomatoes is an Inner West café offering Middle Eastern infused dishes.
Taylor is proud to partner with education and employment partners such as UON and Verto to provide opportunities for students to develop their skills and knowledge beyond the classroom, as well as create valuable industry connections to help with career development.