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Mieow sets her sights on civil construction career

Brisbane based Mieow Penradee Mansell is a young lady destined to have a successful career ahead of her.

After moving from Thailand as a child in 2001, Mieow struggled with the language barrier through her early school years. After leaving school she gained work experience with the Coffee Club before joining her adopted Dad’s business partnership, Moreton Bay Civil Contractors in Brendale in 2013.

Since then her self-belief and career aspirations has really taken off through the knowledge and experience she has gained through working in the business.

The determined and enthusiastic twenty one year old has already completed her Certificate III – Plant Operations and Certificate III – Civil Construction Pipe Laying and is planning to undertake further studies in supervision and project management in the near future.

BUSY At Work Industry Training Consultant, Selina Green said Mieow was just one of 16 apprentices and trainees BUSY had signed up with Moreton Bay Civil Contractors since 2013.

“We are delighted to be able to work with Moreton Bay Civil Contractors in helping young people secure a future in the civil construction industry and we are looking forward to continuing to provide tailored services for all their apprenticeship and recruitment needs.”

“While it was not a common sight to see a young female working in construction, Mieow has shown herself to be very capable and diligent and has proven to be a great asset not only in her father’s business but for the industry as a whole,” Ms Green said.

Mieow said she thoroughly enjoyed the many different daily tasks in her job from concreting to driving bobcats, excavators, loaders and rollers.

“I love the hands on aspect of the job and visually seeing the results of my work afterwards. One day I would like to become a developer and project manager but in the meantime I’m happy just to learn as much as I can.”

“Dad has always treated me like one of the boys. He’s not only been my boss but a great mentor and father and he has done a great job in bringing me up,” Ms Mansell said.

While justifiably proud of his daughter Keith said it was not always easy for Mieow to fit into a male dominated industry.

“Mieow has demonstrated a great work ethic and resilience beyond her years. She is always willing to learn as much as she can and rightfully earned the respect of all her work mates in the crew. Since joining the business she has really turned her life around and I couldn’t have asked for anything more from her,” Mr Mansell said.

Keith said Moreton Bay Civil Contractors had developed an excellent working relationship with BUSY At Work.

“The staff at BUSY At Work are dedicated to promoting apprenticeships and traineeships as a career path and they have been very supportive in helping us to get the right apprentices to match our business needs. We will continue to work with BUSY for all our recruitment needs,” Mr Mansell said.

BUSY At Work, CEO Paul Miles said that BUSY was pleased to support local employers who were willing to invest in young people and give people like Mieow an opportunity to work in what was historically a male dominated industry.

“Mieow has demonstrated that she has the ability to perform at a high level and with the right training and mentoring she has a bright future ahead of her and will make a valuable contribution to the construction industry,” Mr Miles said.


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