Be Bold for Change

8 Mar 2017

More than just new and improved travel options, WestConnex will also create over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs and provide training, education and employment opportunities throughout construction – equipping thousands of employees with transferable knowledge, skills and experience.

Women are contributing to a variety of different roles across the project in their capacity as truck and plant operators, engineers, senior leaders, and in other non-traditional roles such as design, planning and safety.

WestConnex supports the development and participation of women in non-traditional, leadership and management roles through a series of initiatives that aim to promote equality. International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the key role women are playing in the construction of WestConnex.

This year’s theme is ‘Be Bold for Change’ – providing an opportunity to highlight and talk about the shared responsibility we have to drive better outcomes for women.

Senior Project Engineer working on the New M5, Eli Fensom, believes WestConnex allows talented people to come together and work.

“WestConnex is a huge project and will change Sydney. We have a huge team already, with people and women from all over the world, and the job is only new,” she said.

A big project like WestConnex allows many subcontractors and workers to be involved, allowing so much knowledge and experience to be shared,” she added.

Without including sub-contractors, there are almost 100 females working as part of the Joint Venture team for the New M5 alone, with eight females in senior leadership or management positions. Over on the M4 East project, there are 100 female staff – representing 20.3% of the total employee number – the majority of whom are in non-traditional roles such as engineering, planning, design, quality and safety.

This also includes strategic partnerships such as the University of Technology Sydney’s Lucy Mentoring Program where opportunities are offered to a diverse range of undergraduate students including female engineers.

Three female Civil Engineering students are currently carrying out work experience as part of the program which aims to support and promote women and are being mentored by three female engineers working on the New M5. 

The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won't close entirely until 2186. Around the world, International Women's Day provides an important opportunity for ground breaking action that can truly drive greater change for women.