Safety Support Specialist, Arden Engineering Constructors
Rochelle started with Arden Engineering three and a half years ago. In June 2021 she moved into her current position as Safety Support Specialist.
We asked Rochelle a few questions about Women in Construction…
What advice would you give to a young woman entering the construction industry?
Ask a lot of questions. Learn the job better than anyone else – this will help develop your confidence. Find a Mentor with whom you can discuss your career trajectory, work, and communication. Try to break free from stereotypes by being open to opportunity. Build trust with co-workers, set boundaries, be yourself, and empower each other.
How do you think the construction industry can attract more female candidates?
1 – Create a welcoming environment, training & apprenticeships
2 – Advertise equal pay
3 – Amplify site safety, correct equipment & ensure female facilities are available
4 – Connect women through networking
Last year you made a significant position change in your career with Arden. How would you best describe the impact of that change and working in the construction industry?
I am more confident in myself. I am willing to take the steps necessary to advance my knowledge in safety and construction. I appreciate that every day I’m learning something new. I enjoy the training and interaction with everyone in all trades. Working alongside technicians in all trades and doing my best to keep everyone safe is a rewarding experience for me.