On 27 April 2023, the “Girls Day” took place nationwide. 15 young women took up the invitation from the HABAU GROUP and visited the HABAU Group company in Perg and Vienna. A diverse programme with fascinating insights into various occupational fields awaited the potential civil engineers of the future.
The construction industry continues to be largely dominated by men. In the scope of this year’s “Girls Day”, which aims to bring awareness to gender equality in terms of vocational orientation, HABAU GROUP joined in by opening its doors to the generation of tomorrow. The Group company HABAU Hoch- und Tiefbaugesellschaft m.b.H. organised a varied programme for around 15 girls between the ages of 13 and 14 in Perg and Vienna.
“Getting women excited about technical and manual professions is very important to us. We’re passionate about passing on the skills and capabilities of our trades to motivated young people”, explains Hubert Wetschnig, CEO of the HABAU GROUP. “We at the HABAU GROUP will continue to set further priorities in future to inspire more women to get involved in our male-dominated construction industry.”
“Girls Day” in Perg: experiencing HABAU working life up close
Girls from the surrounding secondary schools paid a visit to HABAU in Perg on 27 April 2023. The visit included an exciting tour through the prefab plant, metalworking shop and technical machinery area. At the metalworking shop, the group crafted cats out of steel. Thanks to many conversations with colleagues on site and the chance to try out their own craftsmanship, the girls were able to experience up close and personal what it means to work at HABAU.
Lego challenge and construction site quiz on Vienna Daughter’s Day
To mark the occasion of Vienna Daughter’s Day, an exciting day was organised for the young visitors at HABAU in Vienna’s 20th district, including presentations by Paula Mayer and Nicole Richter, both Team Leaders of Digital Construction Management for building construction at HABAU GROUP, and a subsequent Lego challenge. This was followed by a building site visit to the East Civil Engineering site in Liesing, where the Liesing river is currently being renaturalised, meaning it can provide improved flood protection. The highlight to end the day was a joint pizza dinner and construction site quiz.
Sequel planned for 2024
Following the success of the 2023 event, a sequel is already planned at the HABAU GROUP for the coming year. “Next year, we want to further increase the number of participants so that we can make even more girls aware of the wide range of possibilities available with the HABAU GROUP”, says Andrea Hellweger, project manager at the HABAU GROUP.
Apprenticeship at one of the four biggest construction companies in Austria
With 15 Group companies in total, the HABAU GROUP is not only one of the four biggest construction firms in Austria, it also runs one of the top apprenticeship programmes in the country. The Group originating in Upper Austria currently offers around 160 apprentices in 14 apprenticeship trades the opportunity to develop their full potential. Each year, around 60 apprentices join the programme. These include, for example, construction and civil engineers, concrete constructors, metal and electrical engineers, agricultural and machinery technicians, surveyors, office administrators and many more.