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Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program

Round one wrap-up

As one of the recipients of the METS Ignited Collaborative Project Fund, Austmine established the Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program to improve gender diversity within the METS sector by driving female talent and STEM qualifications to local businesses.

The METS Ignited Collaborative Project Fund is an initiative to support projects which contribute to the growth of the METS sector through creating a skilled workforce, increasing export opportunities or helping to commercialise innovation in product or service development.

The METS Ignited Collaborative Project Fund represents the investment of $15.6m over four years (2015-19).

More than $100,000 of the first-round funding was awarded to Austmine for the establishment of this program, which is providing a direct route for female STEM students to gain work experience and employment within the METS industry, and increasing awareness of the potential career opportunities in the METS sector for women studying STEM subjects at university.

The Austmine Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program is a fully integrated national program, combining networking events, online tutorials and an industry paid internship to create an informed and experienced community of future female employees for the Australian METS sector.

The first round of the program placed 36 students in 27 industry partner businesses, to complete a ten-week paid placement to learn practical skills and gain industry connections in the METS sector.

These placements have now been completed, and 11 students have been offered and accepted ongoing employment with their host organisations.

Recruitment for the second round of the program is beginning, and organisations and students interested in being involved in the program can register their interest by emailing

Programs such as this exemplify the purpose of the Project Fund – assisting METS companies to fulfil the need for greater innovation in the METS sector and pending STEM skills shortage by forging links and creating opportunities.

Other projects funded by the METS Ignited Project Fund include an innovation hub with a facilitated network of innovators and curated activities, connections and programs; an innovative new business capability development program; and a series of events and platforms to encourage greater METS company involvement in early stage innovation activities.

With second-round projects due for completion in the 2017/18 financial year, METS Ignited looks forward to supporting more valuable initiatives from its Network Associates via the METS Ignited Collaborative Project Fund.

Industry Partners involved in Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program

AMC Consultants, assetivity, ATC Williams, Ausenco, Atlas Copco, CAT, CRCORE, CSIRO, Deswick, Donhad, Dyno Nobel, Hastings Deering CAT, G&G, GHD, Global io, Jennmar, Metallurgical Systems, Minet Lacing Technologies, Orica, NSW Government, Minova, Sandvik, Sedgman, Safescape, SNC Lavalin, Snowden.

University Partners involved in Women in STEM: METS Career Pathway Program

Curtin University, Federation University, Monash University, Queensland University of Technology, The University of Adelaide, The University of Newcastle, University of New South Wales, The University of Western Australia, University of Wollongong