BMD supports women athletes through employment program

BMD has welcomed Brisbane Lions AFLW player Lily Postlethwaite to its team as part of the company’s Athlete Employment program.

The Athlete Employment program supports women athletes by providing opportunities for them to pursue both their sporting career and a career off-field through flexible work. The program aligns with the Australian Women in Sport Advisory Group’s recommendation that corporates offer greater flexible working arrangements to engage more women in sport and create a level playing field.

BMD chief executive officer Scott Power said the need for more women in the construction industry, combined with BMD’s vast array of sporting partnerships and a desire to promote women in sport, was a key driver in developing the Athlete Employment program.

“At BMD we are passionately committed to building a more diverse industry by increasing the number of women in construction,” said Power. “While our representation of women is above industry standard, currently sitting at 19 per cent, we are not resting on our laurels and know there is more that we can do.”

“We believe in the power of inclusion and diversity because this leads to high performing teams and industry-best outcomes.”

Power said the Athlete Employment program provides a way to deepen and broaden BMD’s partnerships by offering opportunities for athletes outside of sport.

Brisbane Lions AFLW player Lily Postlethwaite has joined the BMD team as a site administrator on the Centenary Bridge Upgrade project in Brisbane’s west. BMD is a co-major sponsor of the Brisbane Lions AFLW team and Postlethwaite is employed part-time to allow her to focus on her training and games each week.

“I am excited to be a member of the BMD family, not only sporting the logo on my guernsey but also now onsite through the Athlete Employment program,” Postlethwaite said. “BMD has given me exposure to an industry I might not have considered before.”

“Now I have the flexibility to play professional sport while also starting my career.”

Mr Power said Postlethwaite joining the BMD team is a milestone for the business. There is a positive alignment between sport and construction, he said, with both encompassing collaboration, teamwork, fast-paced environments, problem-solving and unique hours.

“We celebrate Safe Work Month across the industry this month and at BMD we use this as an opportunity to educate our people on what achieving safety excellence means for each other, so we can show up for the moments that matter in our home lives,” said Power. “For Lily, the moments that matter are balancing her commitment to training and playing in the AFLW.”

Postlethwaite is equally excited to bring her unique skillset to the BMD team.

“Like sport, construction work is also very demanding on the body and knowing how to move safely on the job is key to preventing injury,” Postlethwaite said. “While the team warms up every day, I am planning on taking the team through an AFL inspired warm-up session by introducing the ball for a bit of fun.”

BMD has a strong track record of supporting sporting clubs, including the North Queensland Cowboys, BMD Northcliffe Surf Lifesaving Club, Brisbane Lions AFL and AFLW, Wynnum Manly Seagulls men’s and women’s teams, Western Sydney Wanderers, Melbourne Vixens and the Queensland Rugby League senior women’s state-wide competition – the BMD Premiership.

This article originally appeared in Inside Construction.

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