Celebrating International Women’s Day in a traditionally male-dominated workplace is perhaps not what you’d expect but that is exactly what happened at Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL) last Thursday.
Drawing together a diverse group of BSL team members from all areas of the operating plant, BSL hosted students from the onsite EBITS program for a meet and greet over morning tea.
The EQIP Business, Industry and Tourism Skills Centre (EBITS) is located on-site at BSL, offering pathways for students in Years 10, 11 and 12 to gain practical experience in a professional business environment while completing Vocational Education Training (VET) qualifications.
“BSL plans to be here well into the future and these students are our future team members. I can’t think of a better way to illustrate what happens at BSL than showcase women in industry through our talented team members as they share stories of their working lives with the students,” BSL General Manager Joe Rea said.
“International Women’s Day is one day where we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women; however, every day at BSL we recognise the fantastic diversity in thinking that women bring to the success of our Proudly Australian team who strive to set the foundation for our business to be here well into the future.”
Students in Years 10, 11 and 12 from local high schools have the opportunity to take part in the EBITS program at BSL which offers an authentic workplace environment where they not only gain certificate qualifications but take part in enterprise activities that support the hosting companies such as BSL.
EBITS co-ordinator Trina Fitzsimmons was full of praise for the close collaboration between
education and industry: “Having direct access to a real gives the students the opportunity to explore career options that they may have not previously thought of.”
EBITS student Cheyenne Carr took part in the International Women’s Day celebrations at BSL: “Being part of the EBITS program is a great opportunity for people who are striving to work out a career. Going into a real-life workplace and talking with people who work there really opens our eyes to how many different roles are available. Talking with people from BSL has made me realise that there are many diverse opportunities that I hadn’t considered before.”