Sights set on a career in the construction industry

March 12, 2021 | People

Finding the right career path can be quite a journey but for year 11 student Amelia Mcilwaine her mind is made up.

The Norwest Christian College student is determined to work in the construction industry.

Keen to get her sleeves rolled-up and out on the job she is undertaking work experience with Paynter Dixon.

Not only is Amelia determined to work in construction she knows her dream job – project management.

“Construction and project management interest me – it is such a personable job,” she said.

Amelia, who plans to study construction management at university, is attracted to the team environment, the planning and creativity involved and most importantly the finished product.

Women make up just 12 per cent of the construction workforce.

While Amelia is aware that the construction industry remains a male-dominated work domain, she is not put off.

“I was talking to some of my guy friends about it and they were saying to me are you going to go on site or just sit at a desk,’’ Amelia said.

“I said no I want to do both.’’

Amelia believes there is a need to educate young women about career paths in the construction industry.

And according to Amelia the best way to do that is to not only educate but to run programs which provide training and professional career support.

Paynter Dixon currently runs a Cadet Construction Program.

Amelia on the job with Site Manager Brian Ring and Design Coordinator Jade Cohen.

Paynter Dixon’s Group General Manager – People and Culture Stephanie Hynes Burdick said there were currently five bright, young building cadets in the cadet program.

“We are looking to expand this group as our business and pipeline grows in a post COVID world,’’ Stephanie said.

“At Paynter Dixon we hire based on merit and attitude.

“We also look to hire for a career move and not just a contingent project.

“If you are a high school leaver or university student looking to get into construction, there is no better time to be joining our team!”

Amelia said her sporting background as a basketball player and javelin competitor had given her the confidence to pursue a career in construction.

‘’I think girls can find their identity through any recreational activities or hobbies,’’ Amelia said.

She also acknowledges that it’s important to have a strong support network to help you achieve your career goals.

“You need a supportive family or friend group to help you, but you also need to have confidence in yourself,” Amelia said.

“You need to write it down, why you want to do that job and how you can achieve that and the different pathways, knowing there is not just one way to get there.’’

If passion and commitment count Amelia is on track for a successful career in construction.