World-leading power and automation technology group ABB participated in the Girls Experience Industry Day in Melbourne and Sydney recently.
The Girls Experience Industry Day was hosted by National Association of Women in Operations (NAWO), which has been established to encourage and facilitate more women into operational roles and to develop the pipeline of talented women. The open days aim to introduce high school and pre-career girls to exciting fields such as R&D, innovation and technology.
ABB participated in the event in conjunction with a number of leading global companies who are members of NAWO. In Melbourne, participating companies included ABB, BP, Coca-Cola Amatil, GlaxoSmithKline, Mondelez, Orora and Ridley. In Sydney, participating companies included ABB, BevChain, Bluescope, CHEP and Goodman Fielder.
The open days included a morning site visit to one of the participating companies followed by a careers fair where all the companies came together to showcase their company and the careers available. During the morning sessions the girls learnt about the technologies and skills required in the respective businesses, and were also encouraged to participate in hands-on activities.
Rebecca Roberts, Country HR Manager for ABB Australia said that the girls heard from their female graduates and senior managers on their experience in working in a global engineering company and also had hands-on fun interacting with ABB’s robots and building solar powered toy cars.
Angela Tatlis, Chair of NAWO explains that the organisation is creating a number of development programs and networking opportunities for women in industry, but it’s also important that young women are engaged in their formative years to think about their future career paths.