Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Women Building It Up

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Women Building It Up

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FK GARDNER and Sons cadet Alexandra Williams and apprentice Steve Truss were recently recognised for their work in the construction industry, each winning an award in the Queensland Master Builders Awards.

Alexandra received the Women in Construction Award for Downs and Western region while Steve won Apprentice of the Year for the Brisbane region.

Over the past few years there has been a significant increase in women amongst the civil, construction and mining industries in both site and professional based roles for careers that are both personally and financially rewarding.

Twenty-five-year-old cadet Alexandra knows all too well the pros and cons of working in a male dominated field.

aI often get called the secretary or the personal assistant but I am quick to voice my title and they usually look at me stunned for a moment and then it is down to business,a Alexandra said.

By her own admission, Alexandra recognises the stereotype that can come with a female working in a male dominated industry but manages to maintain a work life balance and enjoy the typical interests of many women.

aWhen I started with FKG I wasn't sure of my career path,a she said. aIt was a big change from waitressing to construction, however I have found it incredibly rewarding working for a company that encourages my professional growth as well as knowing that I will also be supported when I choose to start a family.a

Alexandra's passion for construction stemmed from a very early age while carrying out work experience in design and architecture during high school.

She then went on to undertake construction management at QUT, working and studying at the same time.

aMy first position in construction began as an administrator with a road surfacing company which gave me a solid understanding of the industry and assisted me in securing a position at FKG,a she said.

aMy ultimate career objective is to be a project manager, so I feel as though my university degree will assist me along with the guidance I have received from my project manager,a Alexandra said. …

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