Chevron has formed a powerful partnership with Challenger Institute's Australian Centre for Energy and Process Training (ACEPT) to provide women with the skills and confidence to make a successful transition into an engineering career pathway in the oil and gas sector.
A key focus of the course is to provide women with an insight into engineering from a female perspective and to address barriers that might discourage women from entering an engineering career in the resources sector. The initiative is built around the Certificate III in Engineering (Technical) MEM30505 which is the foundation for a range of career, employment and further education pathways in professional engineering or trades.
Participants gain an understanding of engineering career opportunities, develop technical and practical skills for engineering related careers, gain knowledge of engineering design principles, technology and practices and articulate towards employment or higher level qualifications. The program has successfully attracted women from a diverse range of ages and backgrounds to the field of engineering, from school leavers to mature-age mothers, with experience and qualifications in areas far-removed from the world of engineering such nursing and music.
This highly successful initiative has supported a 50% growth in women participating in engineering pathways at Challenger Institute since 2009.