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Byford’s Sharon Gibson receives scholarship

  • Posted on Tuesday 4th, August 2020.

Sharon Gibson, Estimator at Byford Equipment, was one of five Riverina-based women to recently receive the Campaspe Murray Women's Scholarship – Balance for Better.

The Scholarships are designed to encourage women to take up roles that have been traditionally male dominated – including within construction, manufacturing, engineering and architecture industries – in order to create a more gender balanced workforce in these sectors.

Campaspe Primary Care Partnership Executive Officer, Emma Brentnall, said women made up less than a quarter of the workforce in the construction, manufacturing, engineering and architecture industries.

“In Australia, 12 per cent of engineers and 18 per cent of construction industry workers are women, with little change over the past 25 years,” said Brentnall.

“We are incredibly pleased to celebrate these unique local women and their employers for the important role they play in the local economy. They provide a hugely positive role model for the local region.”

This year the Balance for Better scholarships attracted two new sponsors: Echuca Moama Rotary and Byford Equipment.

This is the second year the scholarships have been presented to locals to be utilised for education and study costs in their chosen careers.

The recipients are Emily Cox who works at Macca's Demolition and plans to use the scholarship to undertake a traffic management course; Najmiyah Binti Abdullah who works at Foodmach as a mechanical design engineer; Sharon Gibson who is the Estimator doing the quotes and pricing for the tankers Byford Equipment builds; Chelsea Atkins who is with REALM Design and undertaking architecture studies; Rhiannon Payne, also with Macca's Demolition, who wants to gain a heavy vehicle driver’s licence.

The scholarships were designed to challenge gender stereotypes about occupations, promote gender inclusive work environments, and encourage participation in the local Campaspe Murray economy.

This is a shared objective of Committee for Echuca Moama, Campaspe Primary Care Partnership and Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network.

According to Brentnall, each of these organisations is committed to encouraging women to challenge gender stereotypes about occupations, promote gender inclusive work environments and encourage participation in the local economy.

“The scholarships celebrate women’s achievements and highlight local opportunities while providing practical assistance to women working or studying in non-traditional sectors,” she said.

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