Women focus on professional development
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.