Celebrating International Women's Day: Custom Denning Shines a Spotlight on Women Within the Organisation

March 8, 2024

In celebration of International Women’s Day on Friday the 8th of March, Custom Denning acknowledges and recognises some of the women who play an integral role within the organisation.

International Women's Day serves as a global tribute to women, honouring their significant contributions to society across social, economic, cultural, and political spheres.

The Australian bus manufacturing industry, much like its global counterparts, finds itself navigating through gender disparity within its workforce.

Custom Denning who employs over 200 full-time staff members across Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, recognises the need for greater female representation within its ranks.

Custom Denning is taking proactive steps to change participation amongst women with apprenticeship programs and diversity and inclusion initiatives aimed at making a career in the industry more appealing for women.

Devi who has been with Custom Denning for over 6 years, works within the electrical sub-assembly line, where she assembles bus electrical equipment such as electrical boards, headlights, rear lights and buttons within the driver's compartment.  

“As the manufacturing sector is important to the Australian economy and workers are paid above the national average, I found it an appealing career where I could be hands-on and continually learn”, said Devi.

Speaking about International Women’s Day, Devi expressed what the day meant to her, saying that, “it’s a day that we celebrate and recognise the life and achievements of all women in all walks of life. Women are the backbone of families and communities, they provide care, support, education and nurture to their families. And by having a diverse workforce we bring a wide variety of people with different experiences, skills, views, and understanding together to solve problems”.

Devi showing an assembled electrical switch panel for the driver's compartment.

Alice is employed as a boilermaker and welder at Custom Denning, where she welds together the steel frames to build solid foundations for the buses. After moving to Australia from South Korea in 2018, Alice recounts, “as a child in Korea, I loved being active and doing physical activities. I enjoyed assembling and building things which gave me a real sense of accomplishment”.

For Alice, International Women’s Day is important to her because, “I think it's a day to recognise that there are women in workplaces all around the world, and no matter where they are, they can all be celebrated.”

Alice working on Custom Denning's Element 2 chassis in the frame production line.

Custom Denning prides itself on fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, welcoming individuals from all backgrounds.

If you would to be a part of Custom Denning’s dynamic team, visit their website at www.customdenning.com.au/careers to explore available opportunities.

Join Custom Denning in celebrating the achievements and contributions of women this International Women’s Day!