Ferrycarrig Reaffirms Commitment to Women in Civil
Ferrycarrig participate in Civil Contractors Federation Gender Diversity Initiative
A key diversity and inclusion priority area for Ferrycarrig is promoting gender balance and encouraging female participation and inclusion.
Ferrycarrig is taking part in CCF NSW’s Employers Championing Women in Civil initiative. The initiative aims to attract more women to join and remain in the civil industry and encourages employers to champion CCF NSW’s vision to reach equal gender participation in the civil industry by 2050.
The commitment made by participant employers includes the implementation of employment processes that proactively seek to encourage female recruitment and retention and active participation in other initiatives that promote gender diversity to support women in the industry.
The number of women employed in the civil construction industry still remains a small percentage of the total workforce. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in women interested in joining the industry.
According to Civil Contractors Federation NSW Member surveys in 2021 and 2017, in the last four years, female participation levels in civil roles have grown from 4.2% to 5.7% but still remain disproportionately low.
Ferrycarrig currently employs more than 70 females, making up approximately 30% of our 250 person workforce, many of whom are employed in non-traditional roles including female Managers, Engineers, Health and Safety Representatives, Quantity Surveyors, Contracts Administrators, Traffic Control Operatives. We also have females driving trucks and operating heavy machinery.
Ferrycarrig’s Water Sector Lead, Vanessa Ah Chong, said that the civil construction industry is facing labour and skills shortages and needs to improve its gender diversity to attract more workers.
“While Ferrycarrig has substantial numbers of women in our workforce there is still room for improvement.”
“The civil industry is facing a rising nationwide skill shortage and needs to improve its gender balance to attract and retain more workers. CCF NSW has been working with women and employers within the industry to try and increase female participation levels.”
“At Ferrycarrig, we actively promote and support female participation within our workforce. We are striving to improve our gender balance and build a workforce that reflects the diversity of the societies in which we live and work, changing the face of infrastructure for the better.”