Seymour Whyte engineers Valentina Livi, Ana Fredotovic and Gabrielle Pawley recently celebrated the conclusion of the Civil Contractors Federation (CCF) NSW’s 2018 Women in Civil Mentoring Program, which provides an environment of support for women and encourages them to join and remain in the NSW civil construction and maintenance industry.
Seymour Whyte Group People & Communications Manager Alanna Herbst said programs like this were an important part of the support network to encourage women to grow their careers in the civil construction industry.
“As an employer, Seymour Whyte works hard to build and maintain a gender diverse workforce but we cannot do it alone,” said Ms Herbst.
“We thank CCF NSW for providing this great resource and encourage our employees to participate as either mentors or mentees.”
Ms Livi and Ms Fredotovic were amongst the mentors and mentees who came together at a special function to mark the official program close for 2018, to share their experiences and learnings from participating. They were recognised for their participation, with each receiving a certificate signed by the NSW Minister for Women, the Hon. Tanya Davies MP, and CCF NSW CEO David Castledine.
Ms Livi, a Project Engineer in Seymour Whyte’s NSW team, joined fellow mentees in a Q&A panel discussion at the where she shared her perspective on the experience.
“The program gave me the chance to freely talk about my short and longer term career goals with someone who has been in the industry for a long time,” she said.
“At the beginning of the program we set a few targets for what I wanted to achieve. During regular sessions with my mentor, I was able to explore the different pathways and options open to me within the industry. My mentor brilliantly guided me through a process of working out what a career in the civil construction industry could look like for me in 10-15 years, and what I need to do to get there.
“I feel I have done the hardest part and I am now much more confident than I was before the program.”
More information about the program can be found on the CCF NSW website