ConsultANZ wins LinkedIn’s 2021 Talent Awards – Diversity Champion, Australia and New Zealand

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We did it! We are delighted to announce that ConsultANZ is the Winner of LinkedIn’s 2021 Talent Awards in the category Diversity Champion – Search & Staffing in Australia and New Zealand. This wonderful news reached us just before Christmas and our award (pictured) arrived in the post over the holiday period.

Read below what ConsultANZ Managing Director Peter Laver had to say upon learning we have won:

I am pleased to announce that ConsultANZ is the 2021 Winner of Australia’s LinkedIn Talent Awards in the category of Diversity Champion – Search & Staffing. I’m generally not much for awards, but this one is very special to me!

At one stage during my life, I was an immigrant and travelled to many different countries to live and work. I quickly learnt that our World is made up of people of various races, nationalities, religions, cultural beliefs, genders, languages, sexual orientations, ages, and disabilities. Australia is an excellent example of cultural diversity, with 30% of the country’s population born overseas and 46% having at least one parent born overseas.

But Australian workplaces don’t always reflect this diversity. The civil engineering and construction industries have come a long way in welcoming more women and skilled migrants over the last ten years or so, but there is still SO MUCH MORE to achieve.

My hope for the future is that by the time my two young daughters are making career choices, the female rate participation in the above industries is way higher than the current 13%, and becoming a civil engineer or a surveyor is a viable option for them.

My hope for the future is that my country welcomes and accepts new immigrants the same way I was welcomed and accepted on my journey.

My hope for the future is that our industry is more open to hiring skilled migrants with ‘no local experience’ to deliver infrastructure for future generations.

Thanks to LinkedIn Talent Solutions for providing the platform to spread our message and allowing us to compete against large multinational companies.

I’m so proud of the wider team past and present who contributed to us winning this award, and particularly our Marketing Manager (and my wife!) Anna Laver, who has been the main driving force behind the work we do in this space. A special shout-out to organizations that promote diversity in the engineering and construction space daily: CareerSeekers New Australian Internship Program, SkillME Project, National Association of Women in Construction (Australia National), AMES Australia.

Many thanks to all the Clients, Candidates, and Industry Leaders who have shared their stories and insights with us Michael Hatton, Loubser Steyn, Michelle Blicavs, Nathan Ewing, Sumesha Durais, Riki Schutte, Tiana Sing, Tertius Vermooten, Melanie De Gioia, Margaret Beck and Rahul Prasad.

We are delighted that LinkedIn has listed us as one of the top four best companies in ANZ to have initiated and inspired meaningful conversations around Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Equity.

At ConsultANZ we strongly believe that talent comes from everywhere, and a multicultural and diverse workforce is what’s required in today’s world to be successful.

Apart from our efforts to promote better recognition of highly skilled migrants, we have also been campaigning for more gender equality in male-dominated industries such as construction, surveying and civil engineering. On our website and across our social media channels you will find a variety of interviews with inspiring people from these industries who are challenging the stereotypes and leading the way in breaking down existing barriers.

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