LADIES FIRST: (L-R) AngloAmerican Trainees Jenna McGregor, Jessica Schafer, Milana Cryer, Morgan Bates, Peita Wilkings, Gabrielle Wheeler, Tamarah Stapleton
LADIES FIRST: (L-R) AngloAmerican Trainees Jenna McGregor, Jessica Schafer, Milana Cryer, Morgan Bates, Peita Wilkings, Gabrielle Wheeler, Tamarah Stapleton

Mining traineeship puts region’s females first

ONE mining company’s efforts to create gender equality among its workers has been recognised as one of the state’s best at a Queensland awards ceremony this past week.

Anglo American’s first female-only traineeship for underground miners, which takes place at Moranbah North Mine, took home the top gong as one of the best diversity programs in the state.

The program received the honour at the industry’s annual Resources Awards for Women and was accepted by Moranbah North Mine general manager Paul Stephan.

A first of its kind, its Balancing the Team program aims to improve female representation in the Underground Mine Technician ranks – a profession historically dominated by men.

The landmark program was first introduced back in September 2018.

“At Anglo American, we aim to create an inclusive environment where everyone is valued and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential, and Balancing the Team is an important part of that,” Mr Stephan said.

A significant organisational change included the company’s creation of eight new entry-level trainee roles for women with no experience in underground coal mining.

The decision came off the back of an inspired campaign which was approved by the Fair Work Commission in 2018 which allowed Anglo American to specifically target women in its recruitment advertising.

Anglo American’s Metallurgical Coal Business CEO Tyler Mitchelson said the new company practices had deliver sensational results for females in the industry.

“We had a record number of women apply for these roles, with more than 1300 applications,” he said.

“This demonstrated that there is a huge demand for programs that provide clear opportunities for women in mining, if an innovative approach is taken.”

While the program has improved inclusion and diversity for its rankings, it also resulted in facility upgrades, process improvements and selection, and recruitment processes across all entry-level roles at the mine.

Mr Mitchelson offered his thanks to the team.

“My sincere congratulations go to our Moranbah North Mine General Manager, Paul Stephan, and his team who have changed the way we approach recruitment and training, for the better,” he said.


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