Industry celebrates its feminine side
THE latest graduates from the Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) iWomen Project have formed friendships, discovered a range of career opportunities and been inspired by women working in industry.
A special ceremony was held on March 29 for 31 female students from local high schools in the area who graduated from the 2017 KIC iWomen Project.
The students, who came together from 15 high schools in the Rockingham, Kwinana and Cockburn areas, were all selected to take part in the prestigious program.
The program aims to provide Year 10 students with the opportunity to explore and understand the significance of industry in the Kwinana Industrial Area and the broad range of career options that can be available to them.
Over six days, the students were involved in a variety of activities, which boosted their self-confidence and provided them with a wealth of knowledge about the varied roles and career pathways available for women in industry.
Kwinana Industries Council director Chris Oughton said the graduation ceremony highlighted the importance of providing a program that was specifically designed for female high school students.
“The iWomen Project is a great opportunity for the local female students to receive first-hand knowledge about possible career paths that they can set their sights on,” he said. “The students in this year’s program have embraced all of the activities and are walking away with skills that will help them with future employment opportunities.”
The women were involved in activities such as industry visits, workshop sessions on social media, resume preparation, meeting women in industry, industry review and research, and a visit of the Leeuwin sailing ship.
The number of women who have participated in the program since its inception in 2012 will reach 150 this year, a very proud achievement for the KIC.
Baldivis Secondary College’s Molly Tyler and Georgia Robinson-Pearce, Jessica Kursar of Kolbe Catholic College, Tayla McKay of Peter Carnley Anglican Community School and Kolbe Catholic College’s Cheyenne Lalsing.