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Fircroft Australia take ‘High Tea’ with young engineers

06/05/2016

TITLE- Fircroft Australia take ‘High Tea’ with young engineers

On Monday 2nd May the University of Western Australia Young Engineers (UWAYE) Club held its 6th annual Women in Engineering High Tea and Fircroft were delighted to be a part of this event.

The UWAYE Club is a student chapter of Engineers Australia at UWA, which promotes and generates opportunities for engineering students to learn from professionals in the industry and build up a network for their personal and professional development. Last Monday’s high tea, sponsored by Fortescue Metals Group aimed to encourage gender diversity within the engineering sector and marked UWA’s longest running diversity event for Women in Engineering.

Through an afternoon of speeches and networking in an informal environment, students had the opportunity to be inspired by industry leaders, to learn more about their chosen profession and understand what it is like to be a young female engineer within the industry. In attendance were representatives from each of UWAYE’s sponsors including Fircroft, Accenture, Alcoa, AMC Consultants, BHP Billiton, Engineers Australia, Georgiou, GHD, Rio Tinto and Woodside Energy.

Guest speakers included Nick Cernotta Director of Operations at FMG who discussed the measures FMG were taking to establish a more gender diverse workforce. Kate Somerville Principal Mining Engineer at AMC Consultants took to the stage to share her 10 year journey through her career to date as a female in engineering and shared with us all what FIFO life is like for both men and women alike. The event was a great opportunity for students to ask their role models questions and to gain a glimpse into their future career.

Attending this event it was clear to see the passion and drive the students of today have for the industry of tomorrow and their enthusiasm and eager spirits filled the room. Not only are these students studying full time but they are also involved in a committee addressing the hot topics of current times and leading the way to challenge the norm of the industry we work in. It is truly infectious to see such passion for diversity and the keenness to achieve a more even playing field.

Fircroft are proud sponsors of UWAYE, and through Fircroft’s scholarship programme we are sponsoring one engineering student throughout their 5 year engineering degree. Fircroft are passionate about offering opportunities to those in financial hardship and indigenous individuals that otherwise may not have the opportunity to pursue their education and career in engineering. In these dynamic markets it is important not to lose sight of the future leaders of our industry- businesses should constantly be looking to ‘pay it forward’.

For more information on the University of Western Australia Young Engineers club visit http://www.uwaye.org/

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