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Activities to guide MIW businesses with diversity strategies and support STEM career progress

22-Jan-2018

Activities to guide Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday businesses with diversity strategies and support STEM career progress for women in resource sector

 

A series of free activities will be held in Mackay, Bowen and Moranbah in coming weeks with the long term aim of improving the gender balance within science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) leadership roles in our regional engineering and heavy industrial sector.

 

A Gender Strategy Diversity Toolkit will be launched on February 2 to start the next stage of the Equation 4 Equity program being delivered by Resource Industry Network.  Following on from this Diversity Workshops for Business Leaders will be held, along with courses for women within the early stages of their careers in STEM, especially apprentices, trainees and university students.

 

This follows research gathered from the Equation 4 Equity (E4E) program survey, which showed 86% of respondents see value in supporting initiatives to assist women further their careers into leadership roles.  The survey identified the following top three challenges and opportunities:

 

Challenges

  • Family responsibilities – Lack of family friendly working conditions, including childcare, rosters and post-maternity duties.
  • Negative bias – Negative attitudes towards women in male dominated industries.
  • Limited opportunities – Lack of opportunities to be mentored and having experience in leadership roles, driven by the low current 5% of females in the labour pool. 

 

Opportunities

  • Policy & Programs – The introduction of diversity targets and equal opportunity legislation.
  • Technology – Advancement in IT and digital technology which will facilitate the ability to work from remote locations (home).
  • Sector growth – The current and impending skills shortage.

 

Resource Industry Network has been awarded a grant from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as part of their Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) program  to deliver an 18 month program aimed at working towards attracting and retaining more women into careers in these exciting industries.

 

The E4E-MIW (Equation for Equity – Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday) program began in early 2017 with the aim of increasing the retention rate of women in STEM careers in the sector and supporting them and business to ensure there are more women leaders in the sector.

 


General Manager Adrienne Rourke, said the next phase of the program includes the rollout of a series of workshops for both employers and female employees across Mackay, Bowen and Moranbah aimed at helping attract, recruit, retain women in the various industries.

 

“With funding from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, we will be working with industry and community leaders to identify opportunities to embrace a more diverse workforce through the Equation for Equity project.”

 

Adrienne said the free workshops were aimed at working directly with the local industry to assist businesses to develop policies, procedures and practices that will retain staff over the long term with the end result of having more women in management and leadership roles as their career progresses in the sector. 

 

To register for any of the events or coaching sessions, please go to the Women in STEM page of the Resource Industry Network website - http://www.resourceindustrynetwork.org.au/women-in-stem-mackay-isaac-whitsunday

 

For more information on this project please email admin@resourceindustrynetwork.com.au

 

 

 


 

Fact Sheet

 

Diversity Toolkit for Resource Businesses

The toolkit is aimed at E4E Champions within the region to provide practical tools to assist workplaces to increase the commitment and action towards gender equity within their business.

 

The toolkit will be launched at the Resource Industry Network February briefing where a panel of male industry leaders will discuss why a diverse workforce make sense and what they are doing to encourage more diversity in the resource sector. Tickets can be purchased online https://resourceindustrynetwork.worldsecuresystems.com/events-form?itemid=5683885 

 

Diversity Workshop for Business Leaders:

This four-hour workshop is designed to assist workplaces by providing successful strategies to allow business leaders to attract, recruit, retain and reap the rewards of a gender diverse workforce. Participants will learn how to gain a competitive edge within the resource industry by employing a gender diversity strategy.

 

Who should attend: The workshop is intended for business leaders, owners and workplace diversity champions who wish to learn more about gender diversity and increase the participation of women in their workforce. Participants are given practical solutions and coaching on how to close the gender gap within their workplace.

 

  • Mackay – Wednesday 14th February; Thursday 22nd February
  • Bowen – Friday 16th February
  • Moranbah – Monday 19th February

 

Career Success for Women in STEM Workshops:

This six-hour workshop is catered for women in the early stages of a career in mining or STEM and will help identify strategies that may assist in career progression. Among the topics covered are: goal setting and career planning, developing strong communication skills, the role of networking and mentoring and exploring the opportunities within their relevant field.

 

Who should attend: This course targets women within the early stages of their careers in STEM, including apprentices, trainees and university students. As well as women in the early stages (within five years) of a career or role within mining and resources industries, STEM fields.

 

  • Mackay – Wednesday 21st February
  • Bowen –  Thursday 15th February
  • Moranbah – Monday 3rd March

 

Leadership Coaching Course:

The aim of the Equation 4 Equity Leadership Coaching course is to support women in STEM careers and Leadership to further progress their careers into Leadership/ Senior Leadership roles.

 

This course will be delivered one-on-one over six hours (weekly or fortnightly) to women who are identified as existing or emerging STEM leaders within the resource sector. The coaching will help prepare women to move into leadership roles and also support women already in leadership roles to succeed and look at opportunities to move into more senior positions.

 

Topics covered in the sessions include career planning, skill-mapping, goal setting, exploring internal and external barriers, communication, self-promotion and networking.

Dates and times for the sessions will be developed in consultation with successful applicants. Participants can be referred by their employer or self-register.

 

This course is available to women located in the Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday regions.

 

To register for any of the events or coaching sessions, please go to the Women in STEM page of the Resource Industry Network website - http://www.resourceindustrynetwork.org.au/women-in-stem-mackay-isaac-whitsunday

 

Diversity Workshop for Business Leaders:

  • Mackay – Wednesday 14th February; Thursday 22nd February
  • Bowen – Friday 16th February
  • Moranbah – Monday 19th February 

 

Career Success for Women in Mining and STEM:

  • Bowen –  Thursday 15th February
  • Mackay – Wednesday 21st February
  • Moranbah – Monday 5th March 

 

The project has received funding and support from the Australian Government’s Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as part of their Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) program.

 

For more information on this project please email admin@resourceindustrynetwork.com.au