Mining jobs for women
The NSW Minerals Council has announced a new network designed to help connect women already in mining and to attract more to the resource sector.
“The mining industry is growing and we`re going to need to attract and retain more women in mining jobs to be able to meet the global demand for Australian minerals in the years to come,” NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said.
Unveiled at Skills on Show 2012, the Women in Mining Network aims to encourage more women into the resources sector.
“Women currently make up around 11% of our workforce and some even work at the coal face, but there aren’t enough women in non-traditional roles. I want to break the perception that mining is just a blokey pursuit. In 1996-97 around 6 per cent of NSW women were employed in the mining industry, and in 2011-12 the number has risen to 11 per cent.
Women hold ten percent of jobs in the construction industry and 11 percent of jobs in the mining sector in NSW, as opposed to 78 percent of jobs in health care and social assistance and 68 percent in education and training.
Benefits of a career in mining
“WIMIN_NSW will encourage more women to discover the benefits of a career in mining ““ competitive salaries, exciting fields like geology, surveying, environmental science, engineering and trades, and the opportunity to build a lifestyle living and working in regional NSW.
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There are a range of networking events for women in resources in both capital centres and regions in Australia. Websites are listed below:
QUEENSLAND: Go to Women in Mining Queensland website
WESTERN AUSTRALIA: Go to Women in Mining website
iMINCO Mining Information – Women in mining
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