Victoria to attract more women into resources

AusIMM International Womens Day Luncheon Series. Image: AusIMM

The Victorian Government will partner with the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) to entice a new generation of students in to the state’s resources sector.

The collaboration will involve the industry and academia to attract and retain “the best professional talent” to the sector.

It will also make female contribution part of the agenda. The alliance will make scholarships available and get more women at senior levels, particularly those with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.

A recent AusIMM survey found diversity and inclusion is still an issue to many women, despite the gradual increase in female participation and a shrink in gender pay gap in the mining sector.

“We need to ensure these professionals are supported throughout their careers and that the sector’s future workforce pipeline is planned, encouraged and built on with the relevant skills of the future in mind,” AusIMM chief executive Stephen Durkin said during AusIMM International Womens Day Luncheon Series.

“Collaboration between industry and government through the AusIMM is essential for this process, and AusIMM looks forward to delivering comprehensive initiatives with the Victorian Government as the trusted voice for resources professionals.”

The mining and mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sectors employ around 121,000 Victorians and provides a significant contribution to the state’s economy, according to Durkin.

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