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Australian Government profiles AECOM women returners support

Australian Government profiles AECOM women returners support

 July 28, 2022

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Recognised as an industry leader for its focus and support for women in the workplace, Fortune 500 global infrastructure consulting firm AECOM ANZ is participating in a program aimed at attracting and engaging more women across the industry.

The program is run in partnership with the Australian Government's Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), alongside also professional services firm KPMG.

The program is called the Career Revive initiative and is an Australian Federal Government programme aimed at providing support for medium to large businesses, to attract and retain skilled women returning to the workplace after a career break.

Ensuring workplaces are supportive environments for women

"Australian businesses have an important obligation to ensure their workplaces are supportive environments for all employees, including women," states DESE. "A number of factors can influence how organisations attract, recruit and retain women. This can include the sector or industry a business operates within, the number of female and male employees across sites and management levels, human resource management policies that are in place to support employees, and the management and leadership styles within the organisation."

Australian Government highlights AECOM's support for women career returners

An impressive case study on AECOM highlights the company's industry-wide approach to addressing a national engineering workforce recruitment challenge.

Watch the video with AECOM discussing their participation in Career Revive.

A gender diverse workforce is key for a vibrant and creative business

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AECOM delivers professional services in planning, design, engineering and program management - and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) are core to AECOM’s vision.

AECOM recognises that those who want to enter the engineering industry don't all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist. The company aims to correct the imbalance, ensuring that everyone has access to the same opportunities for professional development, career advancement, and business opportunities.

"Women are still very underrepresented as a percentage of our workforce. As a company we really do value diversity in all forms, but particularly gender diversity. A gender diverse workforce is key to having a vibrant and creative business and ultimately helps drive business success for us,” says Richard Barrett, CEO Australia New Zealand, AECOM.

The ongoing challenge of attracting qualified female engineers remains a key focus for the company.

Impactful activity supporting women returners

AECOM in North Queensland joined the Career Revive initiative and has since implemented several new initiatives, including:

  • Partnering with Engineers Australia to promote and support EA’s workforce diversity efforts, with a first step being the hosting of an EngConnect event connect and supporting engineers on parental leave, working part-time, or on sabbatical.
  • A regional Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) Committee that drives the ED&I strategy and develops strategic workforce activities.
  • Career Revive: an internal returner program to support engineers transitioning back into the workforce in a supported environment. Career Revive will be piloted in Queensland, with plans for a national program in the future.

Learn more About AECOM's tenacious focus and award-winning track record on forging a diverse, equitable and inclusion work culture.

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