Despite ongoing efforts to improve diversity and attract women into engineering construction, the industry is still lagging. Well, on the M1 Exit 45 Interchange project, a project Ertech is delivering for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, the team is blowing industry statistics out of the water.

  • 50% of the Project’s Engineering/Supervision team are women
  • 43% of the Project workforce are women 
  • 67% of the apprentices on the Project are women

Achievements like this don’t occur by accident but by design, and it’s an up-and-coming civil engineering leader with the support of her team who is driving initiatives to make it happen.

The recipe for the M1 Exit 45 Project is simple – purpose-driven people, an inclusive and welcoming environment, supportive leadership, and a business with a track record in developing capability.

Today our focus is on the people ingredient.

Project Engineer, Ivette Nino, is no stranger to promoting engineering as a rewarding career for women. While securing an engineering role in Australia initially presented a challenge, once in, Ivette’s proactivity, tenacity, and passion have taken her to some interesting projects and places. Something close to Ivette’s heart is gender equality and workplace diversity in engineering and construction, and it’s a passion embedded in all she does.

Ivette has assisted Ertech in attracting other female engineers into our inclusive workplace, presenting ideas and initiatives to supportive leadership, and providing mentoring and support to the women joining our Queensland team in both traditional and non-traditional roles.

Corey, Ertech’s operational lead in Queensland, nominated Ivette to the Civil Contractors Federation’s Diversity Committee. From the first meeting, Ivette connected with Rebecca Skipper from Protech, and within no time at all, the project had committed to taking on two young women as pre-apprentices. These apprentice plant operators add to the already diverse female team of project and undergraduate engineers, health and safety and environmental advisors, and more traditional site administration roles.

In addition to living our company values of courage, collaboration, and authenticity, our Queensland team and this project team are achieving great things together.

Thank you Ivette and Corey for getting the recipe right and making it happen. Thanks also to the M1 Exit 45 Interchange team members – Kris Dolinko (Senior Project Engineer), John Bates (Senior Supervisor), and Peter Rogers (Leading Hand). Engineering confidence, every day!

Look out for Ertech’s partnership with Protech, another of our initiatives focused on developing and diversifying industry capability.

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If you want to know more about this project go to Projects M1 Exit 45 Interchange

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