Brookfield Rail and Aurizon partner to promote rail careers to young women
As part of Rail Careers Week 2015, Brookfield Rail and Aurizon have partnered to deliver Bring our Daughters to Work, an open day style event showcasing the wide variety of roles available to women in the WA Rail Industry.
Brookfield Rail and Aurizon will be opening the doors to young women on Friday 9 October, where they will be able to experience first hand the working opportunities in the rail industry.
The event aims to expose career seekers to the rail industry whilst 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 Aurizon employ more than 1,200 employees in diverse roles across Western Australia.
Brookfield Rail General Manager Safety, People and 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 career seekers,” she said.
“Through Bring our Daughters to Work, we aim to build effective, long term relationships with future jobseekers and inspire our future generation of women to consider a career path in rail.”
There are a range of activities planned for the day, including introductory information sessions on the WA rail industry and an interactive tour through the Brookfield Rail and Aurizon businesses. There will be practical exercises and the opportunity to network with rail employees across a variety of roles to inspire the next generation of women entering the workforce.
Gender equality is a real issue in WA. In the rail industry alone, women make up only 17% of the workforce.
Aurizon Managing Director and CEO, Lance Hockridge said gender equality in the workforce is a business imperative.
“Achieving a more diverse workforce is much more than ‘the right thing to do’, it makes good business sense – it’s a commercial imperative.
“There isn’t one role in the rail industry that a woman couldn’t do, it is simply not good enough to only have 17% females.
“I am passionate about driving gender equality because I want my daughter to have the same opportunities as my son no matter what they choose to do.
“I encourage everyone to attend the Bring our Daughters to Work day.”
Interested attendees should contact Marc Edwards, HR Advisor on firstname.lastname@example.org