The 2019 Roberts Pizzarotti Women in Built Environment Scholarship has been awarded to Sydney student Lauren Chandler, who completed her HSC at Roseville College in 2018.
This is the second scholarship awarded by the company, which targets female students who have completed the IB, HSC or interstate equivalent in the previous two years and are commencing the Construction Management and Property Degree at UNSW Built Environment.
In addition to a cash payment for the term of the degree, the recipient receives opportunities for regular mentoring and the potential for paid work placements and graduate employment at Roberts Pizzarotti.
“The real benefit for the students is the mentoring and work experience we provide to the scholarship winners. Last year the scholarship was won by Koleena Ng who has really made the most out of the opportunities presented to her across the business,” said Alison Mirams, Chief Executive, Roberts Pizzarotti.
“As I’ve said before, from what I see, the issue with diversity in construction doesn’t stem from the demand side. Most companies will hire and support candidates who are currently underrepresented in the workforce. The problem which needs to be addressed is on the supply side. There simply aren’t enough graduates with the qualifications we require to make a real dent in overall sector demographics. We sponsored the scholarship in a direct effort to address the problem, and we encourage our competitors to do the same and invest in women’s education,” said Alison.