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Women see resources opportunities

Thursday, 18 October 2012

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A group of ECU staff and students hit the dust and dirt of the East Pilbara as part of a project aiming to diversify employment in the resources industry.

The 20 female staff and students from across the University were among 150 women who toured Rio Tinto’s Yandicoogina mine site as part of the Digging for Diversity recruitment program run by the company.

The event aimed to educate women about employment opportunities that exist in the mining industry.

Faculty of Business and Law student Gaynor Lewis took part in the trip and was positive about her experience in the Pilbara.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip and have taken away several things from listening to the Rio Tinto women speak,” she said.

“Everything was organised so perfectly and the Rio Tinto staff were all so friendly and very accommodating.

“Since my return I have been spreading the word (to anyone who will listen) about what a great place Yandi is and what a great set up Rio Tinto have there.”

Yandicoogina general manager Alex Bates said there were no quick fixes when it came to building a diverse workforce.

“By building awareness of what’s on offer, and in particular by targeting students and educators, we hope to encourage young women to consider a career in mining and help make a positive difference to our industry,’’ he said.

On the back of the successful trip, Rio Tinto will be on campus at Joondalup on Tuesday, 30 October at 2pm in the art gallery in Building 1 to meet with staff and students, of both sexes, to network and find out about employment opportunities.

For more information please contact Janet Simmons on 6304 5970 or by email.

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