Promoting Careers in Construction at Tara Anglican School for Girls

Earlier this month Taylor hosted a lunch at Tara Anglican School for Girls, with students interested in STEM careers given a platform to learn from, and connect with, inspiring women from the Taylor team.

Diversity is strength – by cultivating future talents through unique STEM engagement initiatives, we help accelerate the careers of emerging female leaders. 

Students enjoyed a site tour of Tara Anglican School for Girls’ new Aquatic Centre and Sports Precinct, led by Tim Christie, General Manager Construction – General Build, Fred Sedighi, Project Manager and Fara Alavi, Contract Administrator. Over the course of the day, students learnt about materials, techniques and construction methodologies used onsite, in addition to the impact of inclement weather and how Taylor’s innovative reverse-build approach mitigated potential delays.

The new development will comprise of a 25 metre eight-lane competition pool, fitness centre and tiered seating for spectators and supporters. The tiered seating will include shade structures so spectators can comfortably view netball, basketball and tennis on six newly-refurbished outdoor sports courts. The main pool will be enclosed and heated for year-round use. It is primarily designed to accommodate water polo, with a separate learn-to-swim pool, change room, shower and toilet amenities located within the facility.

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Meeting with Afsi Ebrahimi, Senior Project Engineer, Katherine Barrioneuvo, Senior Design Manager, Fara Alavi, Contract Administrator, Elizabeth Mackison, Submissions Manager, and Clare Bailey, Head of Marketing, students heard first-hand about the studies, careers and experiences of exceptional women in the construction sector.

Women are still underrepresented in STEM fields. Taylor is committed to driving greater gender representation in construction by providing women with support and opportunities to thrive in their careers. You can read more about this commitment here.

Reflecting on the event, Tara Anglican School for Girls students said:


I really appreciate the time and effort that went into this – I’ve learnt a lot about the processes involved in undertaking such large construction projects. It’s opened my eyes to the different pathways available within engineering and architecture that I would love to consider further after today.


Fred was very insightful – I learnt a lot about the different building aspects to our Aquatic Centre. I also found the presentation interesting, hearing from an array of females on their experience in the field and how they ended up in their roles. Their dedication to the empowerment of women in STEM and construction was inspirational.


The tour confirmed which degree I want to study at University – beforehand, I wasn’t certain if I’d select architecture. After listening to the Taylor team discuss the construction process and their experience in the industry, it gave me an extra ‘push’ toward pursuing this degree as my first choice.

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