We strive to create a workplace that promotes diversity, inclusion and employee development. In September, KCGM, our joint venture operation in Western Australia, hosted its first Girls Focus on Mining Camp. Founded by Curtin University, the event encourages young women to consider careers in Australia’s mining industry.“The camp was a great opportunity for us to show these girls, in person and on site, how successful and rewarding it can be for women working in the minerals sector,” said Angie Sims, KCGM’s Human Resources Advisor.
The group of 32 campers represented Western Australia’s brightest high school students as selected by Curtin’s Science and Engineering Outreach program. The day’s activities included a meet and greet, site tour and delicious BBQ lunch. In addition, several female employees from KCGM spoke to the girls about their working experiences.
Though well represented in other sectors, women make up just 28 percent of the country’s science-, technology-, engineering- and mathematics-related workforce. The mining industry, therefore, has a great opportunity to help foster Australia’s untapped female talent.
“It’s imperative we offer girls the opportunity to feel comfortable in this largely male-dominated industry,” says Tanya Craft, Geoscience Outreach Officer at Curtin and Girls Focus on Mining Camp organizer. “They need to try new experiences so they can be empowered to make informed decisions about their futures.”
Currently ranked second in the world for mineral and mining engineering, Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines has contributed to the region’s mining industry for more than 100 years.
KCGM, for its part, has been an industry leader in diversity and inclusion. The site recently hired its first female general manager in Cecile Thaxter, and its various business resource groups routinely hold engagement events supporting Women in Mining and Aboriginal participation in the industry, among other topics.
The camp was a great success, and we look forward to future partnerships with Curtin.
See our sustainability report, Beyond the Mine, to learn more about our commitment to sustainable and responsible mining.