QRC/WIMARQ Girls Mentoring Program
The QRC/WIMARQ girls mentoring program was launched by the Minister for Women Di Farmer on 8 March 2019.

The initiative provides career mentoring for girls in QMEA high schools.

The program, the first of its kind, teams high-level mentors from the resources sector with girls attending Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) schools across the state.

It program expands on the highly successful QRC/WIMARQ mentoring program for women in the resources sector .

It will reach high-potential girls in our 60 QMEA schools and provide the successful applicants with encouragement and support for girls intending to transition into education and training for vocational and professional careers in the resources sector.

Mentors will provide the girls with the benefit of their own experiences and smooth the way as they tackle the transition to university life or trade training. It’s envisaged that this mentoring will provide them with the tools they need to navigate what can be a very challenging time for school leavers, particularly girls entering male-dominated occupations.

The project is in alignment with the QRC’s aim to have at least 20 percent women in ‘non-traditional’ roles in the resources sector by 2020.
It aims to ensure more young women enter studies leading to these resources sector related careers.

The program has been made possible through a $20,000 grant from the Queensland Government, and significant additional sponsorship from QRC member companies, Namely:
Glencore Coal Platinum
Anglo AmericanGold
BHP Gold
Evolution MiningSilver
New Hope Silver
Peabody Silver
Idemitsu Bronze
Hastings DeeringBronze
BGC ContractingBronze
MPC Kinetic Bronze
Realm ResourcesBronze

“What better time and place than on International Women’s Day, during Queensland Women’s Week and at this Awards ceremony, to announce our financial support of the inaugural Girls Mentoring Program.

“I am delighted $20,000 has been allocated to the Queensland Resources Council and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland to establish this program – the first of its kind.”

Ms Farmer said 20 girls from 60 Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy schools across the state had been selected to take part in the girls mentoring program.

“I’m so pleased to see girls selected from across the length and breadth of Queensland,” she said.

Chief Executive of the QRC Ian Macfarlane said the QRC acknowledged the long-standing support of the Queensland Government for their education and gender diversity programs.

“The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy and the mentoring program have had proven success in encouraging young women into resources-related careers and moving the dial on the retention of women in the industry,” he said.

“The Queensland resources sector offers rewarding career paths for women in all parts of our state, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Queensland Government to attract new resources projects and create new jobs.”

The Queensland Government also supports the QRC and WIMARQ women’s mentoring program with more than 200 Queensland women having successfully completed it.

“The women’s mentoring program has had a very positive impact on their careers with many participants attributing their advancement to the excellent mentoring they received from their resources sector mentors, both male and female,” Ms Farmer said.

“In an industry that has long been male-dominated, I am thrilled to hear of their successes.”

Ms Farmer said $15,000 had been provided to the QRC to assist five women working in the Queensland resource sector to attend the Awards ceremony today and the following Inspire! professional development workshops.

The women include mechanical fitter and turner Tegan Fatnowna; administration supervisor Julie-Anne Bridge; metallurgist Roxanne O’Donnell; train driver Jody Sainsbury and rail logistics leader Evelyn Cornell Mackay.
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