Hearing from women in naval shipbuilding on International Women’s Day 2022
On International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8 March 2022, the NSC celebrated women in shipbuilding as we encouraged all Australians to continue breaking the bias around the integral roles women can and do play in science, technology, engineering and maths related careers, and the study and career options that girls can take.
Research shows that before children even start school they begin to form unhelpful perceptions about whether girls are good at STEM subjects, and it is vital that more girls are encouraged to consider STEM subjects from an early age that could lead them into key sectors including the defence industry and Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Industry.
We asked women working in Australia’s Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise what they most enjoyed about their roles – overwhelming they highlighted the diverse and interesting work, and the collaboration with colleagues.
Here are some of the responses from women who work at BAE Systems Australia:
Imma, Human Resources Associate
“What I really appreciate about BAE Systems is that given it is such a big company…there is a lot of opportunity to [work on] bigger projects that impact the whole business.”
Toni-Anne, Head of Project Management – Shipbuilding
“It is rare that another industry would offer the opportunity to participate in projects that are both as complex and as complicated as we experience in defence…and it’s these challenging projects that allow us to stretch our minds and skills to their limits. We’re also able play a part in protecting those who protect us.”
Milica, Project Planner
“It’s an extremely exciting proposition to work on large scale, long duration, uncompromising projects which will remain in operation for decades after they’re complete. This is underpinned by a great work culture, work life balance, and career opportunities that span over decades.”