Wynnum resident and local business owner Tammy Stanton is playing a leading role in championing the achievements of women in Queensland’s construction industry.

Tammy, who co-owns Platinum Electricians Morningside with her husband Barry Stanton, recently started Women in Power, a not-for-profit association which is helping to advance the progress of women in construction.

Through the initiative, Tammy is undertaking motivational speaking at women’s construction events across the country.

Tammy said she was inspired to play a greater advocacy role in the industry after winning the Construction Female of the Year at the 2015 Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) Excellence Awards.

“Winning the CSQ Excellence Award has opened the door to new opportunities as a spokesperson and figurehead for young women who are interested in entering the industry. I am grateful to have been given this platform to influence a new generation of young women who are confident and hungry to learn,” she said.

“It’s been very exciting to participate in several workshops this year where I have helped to mentor school girls in their first year of an apprenticeship. It has been such a wonderful opportunity to engage with my peers, share our experiences in the industry and fight for recognition.

“I never thought of myself as an agent for change before now.  I’ve been told I’m passionate but that just comes with owning your own business.”

With a degree in IT and an MBA, Tammy recently returned to her studies to complete a Certificate III in Electrotechnology so she could better understand her business.

“I am always learning and searching for new and innovative ways to improve the company. We recently hired our ninth tradesperson and we are looking to grow the business to a group of 12,” she said.

“For a small family-run business, we have done well to garner tender opportunities and I am positive about what the future holds.”

Tammy said winning a CSQ Award was a great honour and a measure of the hard work she undertakes on a daily basis.

“The recognition definitely goes a long way towards building confidence between employer and employee,” she said.

“One of our own team members is a young woman who we hired straight out of her apprenticeship because she was also recognised by CSQ with an Excellence Award.”

“I encourage young up-and-comers to enter the Awards and showcase what women can achieve in the industry.”

For more information about careers in the industry visit www.csq.org.au.

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About Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ)

Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) is an independent industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry. Funded by an industry training levy, we work closely with students, schools, employers, apprentices, industry partners, training providers and individuals across Queensland to build capability at every level of business. As a recognised industry leader, our mission is to promote the building and construction industry as a career of first choice, encourage investment in skills and training and increase the number of skilled workers in the industry.