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International Women's Day 2017

On Wednesday 8 March 2017, the Northern Connector Project Team celebrated International Women’s Day.

Women are being employed at almost twice the national rate on the $985 million Northern Connector Project, which continues to set new standards for recruitment and local participation.

More than 21% of positions across a range of roles - such as civil engineering, plant operation, safety, environment and administration - have so far been filled by women compared to the national average of 11.7% for the construction industry.

Five women are among 11 engineers recruited in the project’s first graduate intake for 2017.

Lendlease is an industry leader in its commitment to both meet and exceed benchmarks for local employees and industry participation in the Northern Connector project, which is still in the early stages of major construction.

“The Northern Connector Project Team is passionate about diversity and attracting the best available talent” Lendlease Project Director Danny Parkinson.

“Construction is a great industry to work in and it’s important we change the culture and perception of the industry so we attract and retain more women. I’ve learned a really valuable skill set and in years to come when this project and others I have worked on are finished, I will be able to see my contribution to Australia’s infrastructure.” Northern Connector Plant Operator Mae Griffiths.

“It is critical that we draw on South Australia’s talent pool for major projects such as the Northern Connector and that means growing and harnessing female talent in industries such as construction.

Improving the gender balance in the construction industry isn’t going to happen straight away. It will only occur through a targeted focus and initiatives like the NorthHub.” Status of Women Minister Zoe Bettison.

“On International Women’s Day, it’s a pleasure to meet some of the women who have been recruited to work in this typically male-dominated industry.

Lendlease is an industry leader in its commitment to both meet and exceed benchmarks for local employees and industry participation in the Northern Connector project, which is still in the early stages of major construction.