In­dus­try cel­e­brates its fem­i­nine side

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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.

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