Advocating for women in the industry
Oct 13, 2023
M. Tucker & Sons is a name to remember when it comes to celebrating female employees and providing them with a safe and fulfilling work environment. Trenchless Australasia had a chat with the star female employees at M. Tucker & Sons.
Since then, Kate said Brendan and Darren have continued to grow the company with now employing 40 staff. For Kate, the added value of being a woman at M. Tucker & Sons is that she doesn’t notice any difference between how female and male employees are treated.
“We have always hired who is the best fit for the role, not gender specific,” she said. “We are pretty lucky here at M. Tucker & Sons: all staff are very inclusive.” To other women looking to give the trenchless industry a go, Kate has a piece of advice. “Give it a go, if it interests you there is no harming in trying it out, if you have a passion for it, you will go far in the industry.” M.Tucker & Sons CCTV Operator Jayde Peake couldn’t agree more when it comes to equality at the company. She said M. Tucker & Sons makes being a woman in a male-dominated field easy to work in and the company makes women feel welcomed. “They always keep the women involved in decision making and in general,” she said.
“Don’t let the ‘male-dominated industry’ scare you. Women can do just as much as men can. “Have belief in yourself and you’ll achieve what you want.” M.Tucker & Sons Health, Safety and Environment Coordinator Steph Halligan started working for the company in 2015 in administration before transitioning into an occupational health and safety role in 2018.
“M. Tucker & Sons have such a good gender ratio and promote gender equality; therefore, I never really notice it as being a male dominated industry. Everyone gets along really well and looks after each other,” she said. Her most memorable achievement is helping the company gain its International Standards Organisation (ISO) certifications in 2020. “This has improved our workforce and given the company many opportunities, including the recent successful completion of a manhole relining contract for Yarra Valley Water,” she said. In her eyes, M. Tucker & Sons promotes women and their achievements daily.
“I came to work at M. Tucker & Sons almost eight years ago at a time when they were seeking to start a waste facility to handle material generated by trenchless and drainage and maintenance works,” she said. “My background in environmental science has allowed me to guide the business through the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) approval process and resulted in M. Tucker & Sons being granted an EPA operating licence to receive waste generated from trenchless and drainage and maintenance works.”
Since then, the environmental solutions division of the business has grown significantly, and Melissa has had the opportunity to be involved with developing and shaping that side of the business. “The company is very supportive of women in the industry. My opinions, advice and ideas are well respected within the business,” she said. “Work achievements are recognised, and I feel like a valuable member of staff. Melissa welcomed the changes the industry has seen over the past few years, especially seeing more women taking on what were previously male dominated roles.
“The company promotes women and our achievements by treating us as equals, supporting and pushing us to do our best in all our work.” Ella is adamant – If you want to become a trenchless star, don’t think twice. “My advice to any other females looking to join the industry would be go for it,” she said. “There is nothing more rewarding then being a part of a job from start to finish, and seeing how all of your hard work and efforts have helped fix a problem.”
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