North Construction & Building has announced being an inaugural Foundation and Official Executive Partner of the Central Coast Mariners A-League Women’s team and Official Partner of the Central Coast Mariners Academy this season.
This year, the North-Mariners affiliation goes beyond the traditional team sponsor relationship.
The partnership now includes a separate community component that incorporates player participation in North’s workforce development efforts, specifically around promoting careers for women in the construction industry in Regional NSW.
Kyah Simon, who signed with the Mariners this season, will be North’s women in construction Workforce Development Ambassador, an opportunity made possible by the NSW Government Women in Construction Industry Innovation Program (IIP) Grant.
North Managing Director, Matthew Cook said the partnership was a natural fit, as it was an opportunity to recognise and address biases and challenges that co-exists across the two professionals for females and provide a platform for more women to embark on their own career journey.
“North has been a longtime supporter of the Mariners whilst also, as a business, been very involved in promoting women in construction,” he said.
“Combining these two efforts in this unique opportunity is very exciting.
“There are great synergies with this collaboration given female professional athletes have had to overcome many of the same biases and challenges that exist in the construction industry.
“Kyah’s involvement in our women in construction program means the many amazing career opportunities for women in our sector will reach a much broader audience and have a deeper impact given her own personal journey and professional success.”
The NSW Government Women in Construction Industry Innovation Grant was established to support industry initiatives that encourage female participation and retention in the construction industry throughout the whole supply chain.
North was awarded the grant earlier this year and looks forward to Kyah’s involvement in the many activities planned to promote women in construction throughout Regional NSW.
As part of the grant, North will recruit a workforce development coordinator to assist in the roll out a robust workforce development plan that not only incorporates the many programs North already offers such as mentoring, workplace experience, student site immersion, and teacher workshops, but they will also kick off new initiatives such as regional school visits, regional career expo participation, parent-focused events, mature female engagement outreach and multiple regional road shows.
“With this exclusive partnership with Kyah, we can take our women in construction initiatives to the next level, reaching a much bigger and broader audience, to further support female engagement with the construction industry,” he concluded.
IMAGE | Australian professional soccer player, Kyah Pam Simon, who plays as a striker for Central Coast Mariners of the A-League Women.