Women fo­cus on pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News -

Pro­grams to de­velop lead­er­ship skills for women in re­gional WA are now of­fered across the State, af­ter fig­ures showed about 80 per cent of such women wanted to un­der­take some kind of pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment in their fields.

Curtin Univer­sity and the Ru­ral, Re­gional and Re­mote Women’s Net­work of West­ern Aus­tralia part­nered this month to set a path­way for fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and pro­grams for women.

Curtin Univer­sity Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor aca­demic pro­fes­sor Jill Downie said pro­grams in­cluded mas­ter­classes, con­fer­ences, work­shops and lec­tures to those liv­ing in re­gional and re­mote WA.

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion will also aim to sup­port ru­ral and re­gional women into path­way and de­gree cour­ses at Curtin Univer­sity, par­tic­u­larly within the agri­cul­tural and food sec­tor where we are con­tin­u­ing to strive to en­cour­age more women into this sig­nif­i­cant con­trib­u­tor to the Aus­tralian econ­omy,” she said.

RRR Net­work chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jackie Jarvis said the top three ar­eas of learn­ing iden­ti­fied were lead­er­ship, ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and in­flu­enc­ing de­ci­sion mak­ers.

“It is clear that WA women want to lead pos­i­tive change in their in­dus­tries and their com­mu­ni­ties,” she said.

“To be able to de­liver a lead­er­ship pro­gram de­signed by and for WA re­gional women is some­thing we think will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on re­gional WA for many years to come.”

The first Re­gional Lead­er­ship Master­class will be held at the Muresk In­sti­tute in Northam from Oc­to­ber 10 to 12.

Jill Downie and Jackie Jarvis are spear­head­ing the path­way for re­gional women’s pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

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