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International Women's Day - 8th March 2018

Today is International Women’s Day we are celebrating the women who are challenging the stereotypes in our male dominated industry. Statistics from the Workplace Gender Equality Agency state that women comprise 46.9% of all employed persons in Australia.

However, despite being one of Australia’s largest industries, women only make up 11% of the Building & Construction total workforce (with only 1% being within building trades). As the industry continues to grow, we are committed to supporting women in the industry and promoting the benefits of working in construction to men and women alike.

We’ve spoken to four of our female tradies about why they decided to work in the industry, the challenges they have faced and what advice they can offer to young women forging a career in construction.

Katherine Bugelli - Cadet Project Manager (NSW)
What attracted you to working in the Construction industry?
I was more attracted to Project Management in the construction industry, friends of mine had completed the Bachelor in Construction Management Degree and mentioned that they thought I would be great at it. What appealed to me was the flexibility of being able to work both in the office and out on site also. Personally, I like to constantly learn and improve, and in this industry, there seems to be no limit on how far you can go.

What do you think are the main challenges that face women in Construction?
Being a woman in this industry, it seems to be unchartered territory in a sense. We don’t dominate the industry and there is no reason why we shouldn’t. This is what excites me, possibly being a woman to pave the way one day in a male dominated industry. I couldn’t have asked for a better company to begin my career in Construction and to be mentored by amazing people. I feel supported 100% by all my colleagues and have been given opportunities and responsibilities that have really challenged me and given me great experience early on. If anything, I feel more support because I am a female, my voice is heard and my opinion matters.

What advice would you give to young women who are interested in forging a career in construction?
To any woman who is thinking of coming into the construction industry, I can’t recommend it enough! Challenge stereotypes, speak out and don’t be afraid to voice your opinion, stand up, be strong and confident in your knowledge of your field. That goes for women everywhere not just in construction! I feel proud to be a woman and I can’t wait to see what lays ahead.
Melanie Koeneman - Apprentice (NSW)
What attracted you to working in the Construction industry?
I initially started off in childcare for 4 years and wanted to pursue a new challenge. I have always been interested in working with wood and decided to sign up for a carpentry apprenticeship.

What do you think are the main challenges that face women in Construction?
I don’t feel that I face issues or challenges being a woman in the construction industry. I feel supported by my male colleagues who offer help and advice within my apprenticeship. I think being an apprentice is more challenging in being given new tasks to extend my experience and learn brand new skills.

What advice would you give to young women who are interested in forging a career in construction?
I think if you enjoy something and have a passion or interest, don’t let being a female hold you back. Just go for it!
If you are already work in Construction or are thinking about starting a career in carpentry, we’d love to hear from you!
We can offer Carpentry & Joinery apprenticeships and work closely with Apprenticeship Support Australia to support our apprentices in their careers. 

June 2017

Are you in the Carpentry & Joinery trade? Always wanted to move to Australia but never had the confidence or support to do so? We are offering one lucky person the opportunity of a lifetime!!

To be in with a chance of winning; A Permanent Job with us, Sponsorship, Paid flights out to Sydney and Accomodation, then enter the below competition.
All you have to do is:
1. Like our company page
2. Share this post
3. Comment below and tell us in 20 or less words why you should be the chosen person to be flown out to join our expaning company.

Winning name will be drawn in 3 weeks time (Friday 30th June). 

By entering the “[Opportunity to Work & Live in Sydney]” Competition (“the Competition”), you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:
1.1 Information on how to enter part of the terms of entry.
2.1 Subject to clause
2.2 Entry is open to all entrants who have carpentry or joinery qualifications and experience
3.1 The Competition commences on Monday 5 June 2017at 09:20 (AEST) and concludes on 30 June 2017 at 17.00 (AEST) (“the Competition Period”)
3.2 In order to enter the Competition, participants must: (a) Like our company page, (b) Share this post, (c) comment below and tell us in 20 or less words why you should be the chosen person to be flown out to join our expanding company.
3.4 All entrants in the Competition may enter once only
4.1 There will be ONE (1) major prize winner who will each win the relevant prize package detailed in clause
4.2 A Permanent Job with us, Sponsorship after 3 months trial, Paid flights out to Sydney and Accommodation for their first few weeks in Sydney.
4.3 In conjunction with clause 4.2, prize winners must abide by the following conditions: (a) Send us their resume to be reviewed before any contracts will be sent out, (b) once they receive welcome pack, send a photo holding up the winning ticket, (c) co-operate with HR & Marketing Managers in signing contract, booking flights and accommodation, liaising with Immigration agents.
4.4 In accepting the prize, the winners consent to participate in and co-operate with all reasonable Marketing and HR requests, including company processes and procedures and following our company code of conduct on site.
4.4 The winners agree they will not leave Top Knot Carpentry & Joinery throughout their four years sponsorship contract
4.5 Prizes detailed in clause 4.2 are not exchangeable or transferable. 4.6 Independent financial advice should be sought as tax implications may arise as a result of accepting the prize. 4.7 Full details of prizes can be obtained by telephoning the Top Knot Carpentry & Joinery head office on 02 9565 1009 or emailing
5.1 There will be (1) prize winner in total drawn from the international pool of entrants (1) major prize winner in total.
5.2 The winner will be chosen by Managing Director at the Top Knot Head Office; Unit 6-7, 1801 Botany Road, Banksmeadow, NSW 2019 on the dates and time detailed in clause 3.1.
5.4 The winner will be notified on Friday 30 June straight after the draw has taken place.
5.5 The decision is final and the Top Knot will not enter into correspondence regarding the result.

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