Julia and Jess look beyond the gender gap

March 8, 2022 | News

Julia and Jess feel strongly about inclusivity in the workplace. With Jess currently undertaking an apprenticeship through PAYCE Security Group (PSG) and Julia a fully qualified technician with PSG, the two young women believe the electronic security industry is evolving in leaps and bounds.

Julia Tolios was studying Information Technology at TAFE and mulling over career opportunities when she stumbled upon an advertisement.

“From the outset I knew an apprenticeship would be a great fit as the industry is very IT based, and I would learn a trade at the same time,” says Julia.

Sometimes career aspirations can change unexpectedly, as Jess Wallace will testify.

“I accepted a humble offer to work as a junior technician, but then discovered a passion for safety, care and assisting our clients, ” recalls Jess.

“I realised that I wanted to move away from my previous career path in asset management.”

It was only a year later when PSG offered Jess with an apprenticeship:  “I jumped at the opportunity,” she smiles.

Both women can see an industry adapting to change.

“I like challenging gender roles and believe in equal opportunities for all,” says Julia.  “The industry is changing, and employers are constantly seeking female candidates. If anyone is curious, now is a great time to explore an alternate career.”

Jess is thoughtful. “I look forward to seeing more women step into these traditionally ‘masculine’ roles. Attitude, I believe, makes up for a huge portion of my success as a woman in construction.

“As someone who is relatively new to the industry, taking pride in my work, acting with best practice in mind, and being willing to work hard has been paramount. It’s been an amazing journey so far.”

How important is a supportive employer?

“PSG has actively encouraged my development which makes a big difference,” says Julia. I’ve been able to acquire seven certifications through their enhanced professional development training programs. Plus the opportunity to work on really exciting and highly integrated projects. ”

Jess considers herself lucky. “I am happily employed in a workplace that encourages my growth and success in the industry.”

“It’s exciting to see buildings come up out of ground through sweat, ingenuity, and cooperation. I have gained so many skills, as well as bringing my own skills into the role, such as building custom operational doors.”

PSG is proud to have Jess and Julia in the team.

If you are looking to be part of an innovative team, we can’t wait to hear from you. Learn more about our current vacancies or contact us today.

Jess Wallace


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