11 April 2023
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Kicking goals for gender equality

In a first for John Holland, we have just been awarded the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation for 2023. 

This citation recognises our active commitment to gender equality across our projects and corporate offices by creating a workplace that equally supports people to achieve their best.  

In awarding the citation, WGEA recognised a number of policies and programs across John Holland including:  

  • a Gender Equality Strategic Plan that applies a 40/40/20 framework across recruitment and development to achieve gender equity targets, including greater representation of women in leadership positions  
  • improved access to paid parental leave for all John Holland people, resulting a 500 percent increase in men taking primary carer leave 
  • focused programs for leaders on the importance of inclusion and diversity, building inclusive behaviours and challenging unconscious biases  
  • embedding flexible work practices regardless of gender, and breaking down barriers to new ways of working flexibly.  

Another key program recognised by WGEA is our industry-leading partnership with the AFLW, which is all about getting female athletes into flexible roles in the construction industry.   

As the presenting partner for the Workplay platform, we’re helping to connect more than 540 AFLW players to a range of employment, education and career development opportunities that accommodate their full-time sporting commitments.  

Since the partnership kicked off late last year, we’ve recruited some fantastic new talent into the business, including Western Bulldogs players Deanna Berry and Kirsten McLeod (pictured).  

With program momentum quickly building, we’re looking to bring on more talented women as soon as possible.   

We know that achieving greater gender equality across John Holland and the wider construction industry is a shared challenge – and we’re making some important strides in the right direction.

Deanna Berry (L) and Kirsten McLeod (R) - AFLW.jpg

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