Jul 27, 2016

Mentoring program kicks off for resourceful women

Mentoring program kicks off for resourceful women Women in Resources Mentoring Program participant Marcia Hanrahan.

A program to help women develop their careers in Queensland’s resources sector is being launched in Brisbane tonight (July 27).

The Women in Resources Mentoring Program is an initiative of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and voluntary group Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) and follows a successful pilot program, which concluded last year and was funded through a state government grant.

“The mentoring program is an outstanding opportunity for women in our sector to be connected with a high-level mentor to help them achieve their career goals,” QRC chief executive Michael Roche said.

“Mentoring is a key strategy to helping women progress their careers in our resources sector.

“Since 2006, QRC members have been striving to even up the gender balance in our sector through our Women in Resources Action Plan, which has seen the proportion of women in non-traditional roles such as engineering, trades, geology and senior management increase from 6 percent in 2006 to 13.3 percent in 2014-15.’

“I thank our member companies who have supported the program both with mentors and funding and in particular foundation sponsors BHP Billiton, as well as the Queensland Government. I also thank bronze sponsors Idemitsu and Glencore as well as scholarship sponsors Rio Tinto, Glencore, Idemitsu and Senex Energy.”

Most of the 40 participants, from throughout Queensland, will meet their mentors at the launch event. They will come from as far afield as Mount Isa and the Central Queensland coal fields.

BHP Billiton is a foundation partner for the program, which will continue through to 2019. The company and the Queensland Government have also provided a range of scholarships under the scheme.

Queensland Government scholarships:
Woman from rural/remote region: Marcella Donnellan (SIMTARS, Mackay)
Aboriginal / Torres Strait Islander woman: Taleasha Morris (BHP Billiton Moranbah)
Young woman graduate aspiring to leadership within the industry: Sabrina Zimmerman (BHP Billiton Mackay)

BHP Billiton Scholarships:
Woman from outside the industry: Meggan Trevarthen (retail worker Brisbane)
Indigenous woman: Tania Carlos (Origin Energy Brisbane)
Young graduate: Monan Zang (Powerlink Brisbane)