The two companies opened their doors to young women yesterday, where they experienced first-hand the working opportunities in the rail industry.
The event aims to expose career seekers to the rail industry while addressing both an industry and state-wide gender equality issue.
There are more than 110,000 people employed in a wide range of occupations, disciplines and professions in Australia’s rail industry. Together, Brookfield Rail and BHP Billiton Western Australia Iron Ore’s rail team employ around 1,600 people in diverse roles across Western Australia.
Brookfield Rail General Manager Safety, People & Corporate Affairs Megan McCracken said the rail industry is a modern, innovative and technologically advanced industry catering to a diverse set of skills and experiences.
“The rail industry provides a network of opportunities offering a challenging yet rewarding career for job seekers,” she said.
“Through Bring our Daughters to Work, we aim to build effective, long term relationships with future job seekers and inspire our future generation of women to consider a career path in rail.”
Gender equality is a real issue in WA. In the rail industry alone, women make up only 17% of the workforce.
Mrs McCracken said as a leading company in the WA rail industry, Brookfield Rail is dedicated to increasing diversity.
“In an industry which is traditionally male dominated, it is important we strive to attract a diverse stream of career seekers to the rail industry.”
“Through diversity, we will continue to have a workforce which is made up of the best people, who constantly bring different perspectives to enable us to make better, informed decisions.”
During the day, just under 30 young women attended information sessions on the WA rail industry, participated in practical exercises and met with rail employees across a variety of roles to inspire the next generation of women entering the workforce.
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