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Women in mining to be recognised

The exhibition will be held at Sydney?s Olympic Park from 6 to 9 September, to recognise and celebrate the increasing role of women in the Australian mining industry.
?Women are playing an increasingly important role in the mining industry,? said Paul Baker, the industrial events exhibition director for Reed Exhibitions.
?Whether at operator or service technicians level, through to supervisors, pit managers or engineers, up to the very highest levels of senior management, women are a major part of the industry.
?Their participation in the mining industry is only going to increase, as mines, suppliers and service providers look to attract new entrants in the face of looming skills shortages.?
The AIMEX Women in Mining Day will be held on Wednesday, 7 September. Paul Baker said that it will include a women?s networking event, ?where women at all levels of the mining industry can share experiences and meet their peers, as well as offer encouragement to those new to the industry, or looking for new challenges and career paths. It will also provide an opportunity for women looking to enter the industry to come along and learn from those already a part of it in a supportive environment?.
To facilitate networking between industry professionals and prospective workers, Reed is working with universities, TAFE colleges and other educational institutions to encourage young women to consider a career in mining.
?The day will culminate in the Australian Mining Prospect Awards, to be held in Darling Harbour that evening, and where AIMEX is proud to be the sponsor of the Women in Mining Award,? Paul Baker said.
?As AIMEX approaches, we will announce further details of our women?s networking event, as well as other initiatives to promote and foster the role of women in the mining sector.
?This initiative is part of a broad strategy on the part of Reed Mining Events to increase the attractiveness of our events to the broadest possible range of mining sector participants, from frontline operators, fitters and supervisors, technical and scientific personnel up to the highest levels of management,? he said.
Source: Reed Mining Events/Spitfire Communications

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