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Breaking the grass ceiling

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Breaking the grass ceiling
Published 20 July 2017
Women have been breaking the glass ceiling in the workforce for many years now, and at the City of Playford a larger-than-ever cohort of ladies are breaking the ‘grass ceiling’ through employment in our outdoor teams.

Women have been breaking the glass ceiling in the workforce for many years now, and at the City of Playford a larger-than-ever cohort of ladies are breaking the ‘grass ceiling’ through employment in our outdoor teams. ^^ Teagan Mickan is enjoying breaking stereotypes by working in the City of Playford's stores. Photo: Rob McLeanLong the bastion of the blokes, Playford’s outdoor teams are now home to a growing number of women, who are finding a career working in our gardens and with large equipment, a role that would have seemed improbable a generation ago.With much of the work revolving around the city’s gardens, the women in the City of Playford’s outdoor work teams are breaking the grass ceiling.

For Teagan Mickan, the City of Playford was a much-needed employment oasis after she struggled to secure work upon leaving Gawler & District College.

The One Tree Hill resident applied for numerous jobs but was unable to get the nod, until gaining a traineeship with Playford in January this year.

Based in the stores at Council’s operations centre Tegan enjoys her job and is excited to see more women breaking career stereotypes within local government.

“I’m quite happy to see that girls are starting to get their hands dirty, particularly young women,” Tegan said.

“The stereotype of young women these days is fashion and selfies, so it’s good to see them breaking the mould.”

Tegan’s role includes managing and ordering stock, while she also recently took part in a cull of carp in the City of Playford’s wetlands. ^^ Jaime Scott, Jasmin Hocking, Tegan Mickan, Laura Simmons and Carol Foreman are among a number of women who are forging a career in the City of Playford’s works department, long a male-dominated part of local government. Photo: Supplied Meanwhile, Jasmin Hocking, who also started with the City of Playford in January, began as a trainee but has recently been appointed to a full-time position.

“I’ve really enjoyed being welcomed into what has been a male-dominated environment,” Jasmin said.

Since beginning with Playford, Jasmin has been involved with parks and gardens maintenance across the community, along with irrigation and park furniture repair work, and has also gained her truck licence and is hoping to gain loader operations qualifications.

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