Earthmoving Industry Insight, Opinion

NAWIC: We rise together

NAWIC chairperson Christina Yiakkoupis highlights the important work NAWIC is undertaking to support women entering, and working in, the industry

At The National Association of Women In Construction (NAWIC) we welcome women in construction, and their allies, from all walks of life – different cultures, ages and career stages. Our members work in remote and regional locations, in the city, by the coast, on farms and in factories, as sole traders and in large commercial and government enterprises and infrastructure. NAWIC members work onsite on the tools, in the office and a in hybrid of these; are apprentices, business backbones, male allies, CEOs and everything in between.

NAWIC is pleased to see the formation of the newly appointed National Construction Industry Forum (NCIF) and is delighted to see that it consists of 50 per cent women. We look forward to supporting the initiatives and goals of this forum and hope to see a big push for changes to the culture of the industry and the experiences of women who choose to enter it – for all of us!

Whether you are beginning your career, looking for a new chapter or refining your lifetime’s work, at NAWIC you will find a diverse community of like-minded people – great people doing great work. We acknowledge and celebrate the growth of women’s participation in the earthmoving industry – from those on the tools and operating machines to the many women who do the books, organise administration and provide procurement for the industry.

A not-for-profit and the peak body championing the diverse collective of great people doing great work in construction, NAWIC provides a forum for our members to meet and exchange information, ideas and solutions. Our members have an opportunity to expand personal and business networks, maintain awareness of industry developments, improve skills and knowledge and contribute to other women in the construction industry.

With NAWIC chapters in every state and territory, there are regular events, networking and learning opportunities through the NAWIC network. We welcome women and their allies to join NAWIC in our collective mission to increase female participation and safety in the earthmoving industry and construction in general. In this issue are excited to share with you the story of one of our members, Moira Linton, who is forging a path in the male orientated space of demolition (see page 22).

A woman’s place is anywhere she wants it to be and, earlier this year, NAWIC was pleased to be a proud partner of the Diesel, Dirt and Turf Expo at Eastern Creek in Sydney.

We enjoyed the opportunity to see and explore the huge range of equipment in Australia’s largest showcase of construction equipment. When an ASN reached out to NAWIC with a candidate seeking a start in the industry we were pleased to be able to connect her with an earthmoving equipment manufacturer. Having now almost finished her probation, she is looking forward to starting her training at TAFE.

It takes a collective effort to attract and retain women in construction and our gratitude goes to all those on the journey with us.

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