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Women to take on men in mining

Women to take on men in mining

The Queensland Government in Australia is offering $20,000 to encourage more women into the mining industry.

The traditionally male-dominated mining sector is set for a gender shake up after the Queensland Government announced a scholarship program for women who study and go on to work in the industry.

State Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek announced 500 scholarships of up to $20,000 were on offer.

The scholarships will help women looking to study in the areas of agricultural science, architecture, engineering, geological science, building services and information technology, The Bulletin reported.

With women still representing less than half of the overall workforce in the mining industry, the money on offer is set to encourage women to take on their male counterparts.

Increasing the amount of female workers has long been identified by businesses and the Government as an important strategy in tackling the skills shortage.

CEO of Brumby Resources Alison Morley told Australian Mining in May that it’s up to people in the industry, men and women, to work towards changing the perception of women working in any capacity in the industry.

“It’s about giving women the opportunity to sell themselves more, to put themselves up for promotion. To skill up and go for it.”

Langbroek said the move will boost the number of females working in the sector.

“This is a great opportunity to boost female participation in traditionally male-dominated industries and train more skilled workers for the areas that need them most,” he said.

Scholarships for study are available from Certificate IV through to postgraduate levels.


Henry Sapiecha

FMG female executive takes out Mentor of the Year award

FMG executive takes out Mentor of the Year award

Executive director of strategy and finance at Brookfield Multiplex, Sharon Warburton has won the Mentor of the Year award at the NAB Women Agenda Leadership Awards.

Warburton was recognised for her work mentoring young men and women in mining, with more than 50 people lucky enough to call her their personal mentor.

She is also the founder of the online mentoring website, a site dedicated to increasing the self-confidence of professional working women.

On top of this, Warbruton is a Non-Executive Director at Fortescue Metals Group, a Board member for numerous Not for Profit organisations and a single parent.

In 2014, Warburton was named the Western Australian Telstra Business Woman of the Year.

Warburton has had a long career in the mining industry. At just 25, she was promoted to run the finance function at Hamersley Iron, which these days is Rio Tinto Iron Ore. From there, Warburton went to work in Rio’s London headquarters.

In 2002, Warburton was made the Group General Manager- Strategy and Operations at Multiplex, a position she held for six years.

She then spent two years as the Chief Planning and Strategy Officer at ALDAR Properties before gaining her current role at Brookfield Multiplex.

Warburton has previously said her management style is team focused rather than individually focused.

“I look to empower people and give them as much autonomy as they like,” Warburton said.

“I was given a lot of opportunities very early in my career so, as a leader, I like to give young people a lot of opportunity but provide the support networks they need.

“I’m looking for a culture that’s driven around honesty, respect, trust and care; that measures and celebrates success, has some fun in the process and one that is comfortable with change.”


Henry Sapiecha

SEX DISCRIMINATION EMPLOYMENT LETTER from 1939 shows workplace sexism

It was a few weeks before the Second World War broke out and across the Atlantic Josephine Calavetta was working at a photography studio in New York.

The 22-year-old was impressing her superiors with her skill and work ethic and asked to be transferred to a different studio- Studio #60- in Brooklyn.

She was denied the opportunity. While the vice-president of Grant Photo Corporation admitted he “would be only too glad” for her to take up the position because they knew she was up to the job, he could not allow it “due to the fact that we have to have a man manager in New York City”.

Her story was published on Women You Should Know as part of Women’s History Month.

One of Josephine’s jobs at the studio was to colourblack and white portraits.

“At that time, hand-colouring was a prestigious job, involving meticulous work that required immense skill. Josephine would apply watercolours, coloured oils, crayons or pastels, over a black and white image’s surface using brushes, her fingers, or cotton swabs.”

A year after the initial rejection, the company received a letter from a client, Mrs Kimball, praising Calavetta’s work.

In his reply, the vice-president agreed with Mrs Kimball’s assessment, noting “we have difficulty in discovering girls deserving promotions”.

Calavetta left the company in 1941 and married Antonio Maneri “who did, in fact, have the utmost admiration and respect for the incredible woman she was”.

At 94-years-old, the remarkable women graduated Valedictorian of her class at the assisted living home she lived at until passing away in 2012.


Henry Sapiecha

2015 Women in Industry Awards Sydney Australia

 2015 Women in Industry Awards

The 2nd annual Women in Industry Awards recognises and rewards the achievements of women working within the mining, engineering, and manufacturing industries, and aims to raise the profile of women within industry, as well as promote and encourage excellence.

Australian Mining, PACE and Manufacturers’ Monthly are partnering to acknowledge the exceptional women who have achieved success through their invaluable leadership, innovation and commitment to their sector.
This is your opportunity to have Australia’s leading publications recognise the women who are driving change in your industry and – in doing so –breaking down barriers and creating new possibilities for the next generation.
These may be women you work with, women whose achievements are inspiring you from afar, or women who are providing you with invaluable guidance and support. Their achievements may not be creating headlines, but we believe their dedication and exceptionalism should be celebrated.
The accomplishments of these women will be recognised at an exclusive evening event to be held in Sydney on Thursday 25th of June.
More than just recognition, the awards also provide an opportunity for new business opportunities and network expansion.

Categories open for nomination are:

  • BDM of the year
  • Employer of the Year
  • Excellence in Engineering
  • Excellence in Manufacturing
  • Excellence in Mining
  • Industry Advocate
  • Marketing/Communications
  • Mentor Award
  • Rising Star Award
  • Social Leader


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Champagne diamond from Argyle is fund raiser for Women in Mining internship


A champagne diamond from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine has been used to raise funds to sponsor a female mining intern from London’s Imperial College.

The Rio Tinto internship was announced at a Women in Mining event on the side-lines of Europe’s leading mining investment and capital raising conference, the Mines and Money conference in London.

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