Empowering Women in Sports and Construction: BMD’s Athlete Employment Program

OpEd –  Scott Power (Chief Executive Officer, BMD)

Paving the way in our approach to collaboration, BMD’s philosophy is relationship-orientated and we engage people, partners and the community as a way to leave a lasting skills legacy beyond the delivery of infrastructure. After 44 years of operation, BMD continues to invest in the development of long-term partnerships with organisations which align with our values.

A significant part of our sponsorship portfolio lies with sporting organisations and most recently, we have specifically been supporting women’s leagues across various codes such as AFL, soccer, QRL, surf lifesaving and netball. It is because of the support we provide these partners that we created a formalised Athlete Employment Program to provide job opportunities for women to combine their sporting commitments with a career offfield through flexible employment in the construction sector.

We have established this program because of the pressing need for increased female representation within the construction industry. Research tells us that women in flexible roles are among the most productive members of a workforce and we want to ensure we are embracing this together with the positive alignment between sport and construction – the importance of collaboration and teamwork, thinking fast to solve problems and unique working hours.

Gender diversity not only enhances creativity and problem-solving skills but also fosters innovation, which is imperative for addressing our industry’s major challenges. At BMD, our broad geographical reach and diverse business operations allow us to offer flexibility and an array of employment opportunities. Whether it’s remote work or roles in metropolitan areas, across various sectors of work including water and wastewater, defence, transport, or any of the myriad of other segments we work, we have lots to offer.

At our core, we are a company that values our people. Believing in their potential and nurturing their growth is what emboldens us to create new avenues for development. I am particularly excited about this initiative and the tremendous opportunities it presents for women and for our sector.

 Scott Power
Chief Executive Officer

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