Supporting women in technology and technical industries
ISPT is working with the National Careers Institute and the Department of Education, Skills and Employment as part of a pilot program to help change mindsets in traditionally male-dominated STEM industries.
The C2 – Create and Collaborate program aims to empower female students to choose STEM-inspired careers in areas such as finance, construction and property.
Although schools continue to promote careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to their female students, the workforce in STEM industries in 2020 comprised only 28% women, according to the Department of Industry’s STEM Equity Monitor 2021 report.
Hazel Thurlow, ISPT Group Executive, People & Culture said:
“It’s clear to us that more work needs to be done. Not just in teaching skills and capabilities to young women, but also in changing attitudes and creating opportunities.
Armed with the skills, ambition and confidence to create their dream STEM careers, we’re looking forward to seeing what the next generation of female students can achieve.”
As part of the program, ISPT facilitated Career Hack, a series of sessions with leading universities RMIT and UTS. Working in teams, female students were encouraged to ‘think differently’ about their studies, drawing inspiration from mentors to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.
This week, the winning teams will meet in Melbourne to take part in a brainstorming workshop, and participate in a Q&A session with ISPT’s female leaders to round out their experience.