Researchers at the UWA Business School (University of Western Australia) are undertaking a study to investigate the contributions of formal mentoring to the retention of women engineers in the mining and resource sector. Mentoring
programs for women in other non-traditional sectors such as police and emergency services, law and science, have been implemented over the last decade, as an important retention and career development strategy. However, mentoring programs are relatively new to the mining and resource sector, and to date there has been minimal research into their design or their effectiveness.
This study aims to identify what women engineers perceive to be valuable aspects of mentoring programs and how they contribute to keeping women within the sector. It is hoped that the findings from this study will be useful for industry, organisations and individuals.
The researchers, Nelly Ah-Kang (Honours Candidate) and Dr Jacquie Hutchinson (supervisor) are seeking participation from WIMWA (Women in Mining & Resources Western Australia) members who meet the following criteria:
Have worked in the mining and resources sector for at least 10 years
Are currently employed
Are interested in offering their views and experiences.
Participation will involve an audio-recorded interview of approximately 30 minutes at a time and place that is convenient for you. All information provided will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be used for the purpose of this study.
If you would like to volunteer your participation or learn more about the project, please contact Nelly Ah-Kang (email firstname.lastname@example.org / Mobile: 0422687129) or Jacquie Hutchinson (email email@example.com / Tel: 08 64881434).