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Austmine Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program
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Austmine Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program

Austmine is proud to support and promote women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Austmine, together with METS Ignited, is working to improve gender diversity in the METS sector, through a Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program.

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Austmine is pleased to announce the launch of our second Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program. Through the pilot program in 2017, Austmine connected our METS members and universities to help foster stronger linkages between female STEM students and a METS career.
The program will raise awareness of the METS sector within the next generation of employees and change the perception of a mining industry career from “old-world” to one filled with technology-driven, entrepreneurial opportunities.

At the conclusion of the first program in February 2018, 82% of the student participants saw themselves having a career within the METS Sector and 70% will actively seek out a job in the sector upon graduation. Further to this, 33% of the participating students have already been offered a further paid role with their host employer (part-time or full-time), ensuring for the foreseeable future they will remain working in the METS Sector. Of the businesses who did not offer their student ongoing work, 86% would have liked to, if workload and business growth allowed for it.

The program is designed to provide students on-the-job experience, mentoring and soft skills training for a successful STEM career in the METS sector.

The program includes:

  •  Industry information evenings, where women from the METS industry will be invited to speak before the students on their experiences of working in the sector. Host businesses are invited to attend and meet the next generation of employees.
  • An application and interview process for students who wish to apply for the internship opportunities available in the participating METS companies.
  • A series of webinars featuring industry speakers to provide coaching for the successful students on starting a career in the METS sector.
  • A 10 - 12 week paid internship at a participating METS company, from November – February to be determined between the businesses and students.
  • Post program report based on a survey of all students and companies involved in the program.
  • Opportunity for your business branding to be associated with boosting diversity in the METS sector and introducing the METS sector to university students.

Member Companies - Why Participate?

  • Access the next generation of highly skilled STEM Workers.
  • Diversify your workplace with second, third, fourth year and Masters female STEM interns.
  • Support your sector’s future by educating young engineers, scientist, mathematicians and technologists on career options in the METS sector.
  • Strengthen your connections with universities for both research and educational links.
  • Interns can provide new perspectives and help with projects or tasks.
  • Gain brand advocates to promote your business and culture
  • Align your business with the diversity goals of mining companies.
  • Be recognised by Austmine and the broader METS community as leaders in the sector.


News articles:

  • Diversity, a key drivers for smart METS and miners

Student Resources and documents:

Current Positions:

For further information, please contact Karlena James, Manager - Conference & Events, or 02 9357 4660.

"Based on feedback received during Elisa's time at SNC-Lavalin, she really enjoyed the experience, and the same can also be said for all SNC-Lavalin employees that interacted with Elisa. Definitely a worthwhile initiative that I look forward to repeating this year".
 Andrew Curtis, General Manager, SNC-Lavalin

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