Women in Mining

women in mining

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Australia) Pty Ltd (HCA) is a subsidiary of Hitachi Construction Machinery Co., Ltd. (HCM) in Japan, and part of the global and diversified Hitachi Limited Group. Established during 1949, it has since evolved into a leading global manufacturer of mining and construction equipment. HCA delivers comprehensive sales, service and parts support to Australian customers across the mining, construction, quarry, material handling and recycling industries through a wholly-owned national branch network and a dedicated 24/7 national customer service centre. HCA are the exclusive distributors of Hitachi and Bell products in Australia- two of the most renowned and innovative original manufacturer (OEM) brands in the world.

HCA’s mining headquarters is based in Brisbane and is the exclusive distributor of Wenco International Mining Systems throughout Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia and Papua New Guinea. Wenco is one of the worlds’ first and largest mining Fleet Management Systems and has been providing fleet management solutions to the open cut mining industry for over 25 years. Partnering with Wenco has strengthened HCA’s market leadership and commitment in the mining sector.

HCA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and operate in compliance with ‘Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Act)’, which reports on the gender composition of our workplace. The principle objective is to improve and maintain gender equality and equal opportunity. We strive to participate at localised career events to encourage females into the industry, showing the many opportunities for advancement within Hitachi. On a national level, HCA are sponsors of CME Women in Resources awards night and Women in Mining & Resources Summit in WA. HCA are also the sponsors of the Inspiring Girls Forum, a careers event designed to showcase the resources industry to female students in years 10-12. Inspiring them to enter the resource sector and follow in the footsteps of women who have achieved career success.

HCA’s apprenticeship program aims at providing a training program which enables school leaver’s who have completed year 10 to gain real life work experience, whilst earning a qualification at the same time. The apprentice intake has seen an average of 15% female uptake, this rate is increasing each year. Our Certificate IV and Diploma level management courses have also had an average of 22% female enrolments. Holly Witt; a fourth year Plant Mechanic Apprentice at Hitachi’s Muswellbrook branch comments ‘working for HCA for the past four years has been a rewarding and enjoyable experience with great opportunities’. Further adding ‘being a female in a male dominated industry is daunting at first and challenging but during this experience, I never felt that my ability or strength has been doubted compared to my male colleagues’. In future, Holly hopes to see more women entering into the trade industry supporting and empowering each other.

With our current business demographic being 19% female, we are seeing increasing trends of females taking on trade roles and promotions into positions of leadership. The increase in this trend gives the Board of Education opportunity to highlight career prospects in the resource sector and encourage work experience in this field. First year electrical apprentice; Kayla Edwards enjoys working in a hands-on role and is very passionate about heavy machinery adding ‘as the sole female in my team at the Sydney branch, I feel well supported and everyone in my team is approachable’. Second year female apprentice at the Muswellbrook branch; Katelyn Shirtcliffe enjoys the variety of machines and components she gets to work-on and would highly encourage other females to enter the trade industry. Katelyn also adds that her favourite job so far is rebuilding a Bell truck Dropbox!

At HCA, we know that success comes from the partnership of our market leading equipment and quality in our people and as such we strive to provide the best working environment possible. Into the future HCA’s objective is to continually encourage, educate and support further opportunities equally and raise the female profile in our company.

For more information on Hitachi’s apprenticeship program, careers or the Hitachi mining range, please visit www.hcma.com.au

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