BGC Contracting continues to support workplace diversity
BGC Contracting has committed to sponsoring the 2019 “Girls Mentoring Program”, a joint initiative of the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland (WIMARQ) aimed at improving gender diversity in mining and resources.
The program is the first of its kind in Queensland and will see the development of a structured and sustainable mentoring process. Female mentees will be supported through career guidance and direction, sharing mentor/mentee experiences, developing goals and forging ongoing and influential mentoring relationships beyond the program’s duration.
Katrina-Lee Jones, QRC’s Director Skills Education and Diversity said invitations to participate in the pioneering program had been sent to 59 schools around Queensland including to schools in Roma, Mount Isa, Townsville, Rockhampton and Nanango.
“We’re offering 20 year-12 girls who are interested in resource sector careers, the opportunity to be mentored by successful women working in mining and resources,” said Ms Jones.
“The matching process has just been completed and we’re very excited about the quality of mentors the students are teamed with,” she said.
Ms Jones said investing in greater diversity in the sector is key to its growth and success and the Girls Mentoring Program very much supports that investment.
“The resources sector is very important to Queensland’s economy, responsible for one in every five dollars and one in every eight jobs,” Ms Jones said.
BCG Contracting Chief Operating Officer Mining, Andrew Taplin, said the program was a great fit with BGC Contracting’s commitment to workplace diversity, and in regions where we provide our services.
“We’re proud of BGC Contracting’s diverse workforce profile and are delighted to have this opportunity to support the Girls Mentoring Program,” Mr Taplin said.
“The Girls Mentoring Program was created in response to the identified need to attract more girls into resources sector related education and training as a way to fill the skills pipeline into our sector. We have clear internal targets to support a diverse workplace, and programs such as this one align very well with BGC Contracting’s strategy.”
The Girls Mentoring Program will include a launch event, training for the mentees and mentors and a finale event. In between the mentors and mentees will meet both in person and online where mentees will gain valuable insights into resources sector career paths. The girls will also attend the 14th annual QRC/WIMARQ International Women’s Day Breakfast and the Inspire Convention which follows on 8 March 2019.
Mr Taplin confirmed BGC Contracting would be attending as a proud sponsor of the Girls Mentoring program – working towards a more inclusive, diverse and sustainable industry.