100 high school students attend Inspiring Girls resources career forum

Front row - Kaya Farrell (INPEX), Keisha Farrell (Balga Girls Academy), Robyn Hill (Balga Girls Academy), Mary-Claire King (INPEX). Back row - Colette Roberts (INPEX), Colleen Devlin (Balga Girls Academy), Cassandra Mears (Balga Girls Academy)
Front row - Kaya Farrell (INPEX), Keisha Farrell (Balga Girls Academy), Robyn Hill (Balga Girls Academy), Mary-Claire King (INPEX). Back row - Colette Roberts (INPEX), Colleen Devlin (Balga Girls Academy), Cassandra Mears (Balga Girls Academy)

INSPIRING girls from WA high schools had an inside look into job opportunities in the resource sector at a careers forum last week.

Students from Balga, Morley, Duncraig and Wanneroo high schools were among 100 students who attended the Chamber of Minerals and Energy’s Inspiring Girls forum at RAC Arena on March 29.

The forum featured presentations from Women in Resources Awards finalists and winners and hands-on activities such as a ‘speed careering’ session.

One of the 2019 finalists, Stephanie Allan, addressed the students about her role as an operations technician on Chevron’s Gorgon project on an A-class nature reserve.

Front row – Paige Macgregor (Iluka), Anika Xayavong (Morley SHS), Bella Langfield (Morley SHS), Angela Bishop (Iluka), Sue Gilchrist (Morley SHS). Back row – Denisa Papavani (Morley SHS), Bhoomi Patel (Morley SHS), Jamie Yap (Morley SHS), Maya Thompson (Morley SHS).

Chamber chief executive Paul Everingham said the forum allowed students to interact with industry representatives who love working in the sector.

“What we are trying to achieve with the Inspiring Girls initiative is to increase awareness of the range of diverse and exciting resources career pathways, as well as promote the benefits and opportunities for women working in the resources sector,” he said.

“CME is committed to promoting workplace diversity and promoting career opportunities for everyone.

“Inspiring Girls is just one example of the many initiatives resources companies support to raise awareness of career opportunities for students, and promote the industry and the skills it requires now and into the future.”

See more photos below:

Front row – Stephanie Pielow (Duncraig SHS), Olivia Ash (Duncraig SHS), Darci Money (Duncraig SHS), Dinhara Jayawardenia (Duncraig SHS). Back row – Nicola Thomson (AngloGold Ashanti), Breannen Conway (AngloGold Ashanti), Maree Marcon (Duncraig SHS).
Front row – Renae Muller (Hitachi Construction Machinery), Georgia Terry (Hitachi Construction Machinery), Aaliya Reyes (Byford Secondary College). Back row – Denise Piper (Wanneroo SHS), Amy Cvitan (Wanneroo SHS), Kathy Taladro (Wanneroo SHS), Anusha Veerahoo (Byford Secondary College), Ava Holmes-Kirby (Byford Secondary College), Renee Ward (Byford Secondary College)