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Equation for Equity (E4E) – Women in STEM Mackay-Isaac-Whitsunday

Resource Industry Network has been awarded a grant from the Australian Government to deliver a program that will address the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers across our region.

E4E-MIW (Equation for Equity – Mackay, Isaac, Whitsunday) is aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of girls and women in the resources sector, STEM and leadership activities and careers through a range of activities such as:

  • Baseline Regional Research to develop an accurate understanding of the challenges and opportunities across our region;
  • Development and implementation of a Toolkit to support workplaces to address issues faced by women in STEM careers and leadership;
  • Courses to enhance the long-term retention of women entering into STEM careers;
  • Coaching to support the retention and progression of women in STEM careers and leadership; and
  • Using mentors, media and events to attract women into STEM careers and leadership.

The E4E Project is being delivered with the support of with The Life Approach – a company aimed at supporting girls and women in regional areas.

Some of the Project Objectives include:

  • Increasing the number of women entering and remaining in STEM fields, research and entrepreneurship in MIW;
  • Helping reduce the incidences of women leaving STEM career and study paths;
  • Supporting women to set foundations for success in STEM study and career paths through an intensive mentoring and coaching program;
  • Encouraging women in leadership positions across a range of industries and public roles;
  • Encouraging innovation and research at a local level; and
  • Exposing the wide range of STEM career opportunities to young people in the community.

The first stage of the research will include surveys of local STEM employers, local women in STEM roles, life partners of women in STEM roles as well as an online survey of interested stakeholders to provide their viewpoints.

RIN is asking members of community and anyone interested in the research to take the time to complete this online survey so that we can add your views and experiences to the data collected. The survey is anonymous and there is an opportunity for you to indicate if you would like to be interviewed – interviews will be conducted individually and in focus groups.
RIN also encourages you to extend the invitation to complete the survey to your staff, friends and other industry colleagues.
For further information or clarity on the survey or the research process contact the researcher, Simon Watkins at Miles Dolphin Consulting, on 0439 195 928 or email simon.watkins@milesdolphin.com.au
Click here to complete the survey now.

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.

To stay informed of the activities and initiatives that will be undertaken as part of the E4E project – please register your details here.

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