Applications open for BHP Billiton/MCA Women in Engineering Scholarship
+ Recipient Experience: Annette Au
Annette is the 2014 BHP Billiton-MCA Women in Engineering Scholarship recipient and a Mining Engineering student at the University of New South Wales. She’s an ambassador for Engineers Australia Sydney Women in Engineering and is pioneering the first EA Sydney WIE Experience It! Student Conference, aimed at attracting secondary school female students to study engineering at a tertiary institution. Annette has kindly provided some feedback on the scholarship to help assist prospective applicants.
a) A quick explanation on what the scholarship is
The BHP Billiton / Minerals Council of Australia Women in Engineering Scholarship is a chance for you to develop your personal and professional skills and network with people in the industry with great ideas! Successful candidates will have the opportunity to undertake one or more placements with BHP Billiton at one of their Australian mine sites over summer and attend the annual MCA Minerals Week – a two-day conference and networking event which brings together some of the greatest minds in the industry.
b) Your impressions on it
The BHP Billiton / Minerals Council of Australia WIE Scholarship will allow you to understand the importance of workplace diversity and how females can add value to sites, companies and consumers through a myriad of roles. It is a strong working platform on which you can build your networks, gain insight to the corporate world of mining and get some on-the-ground experience at one of BHP Billiton’s mine sites.
It will inspire you to join a dynamic and fast-paced movement focussed on supporting and connecting women in the industry. I highly recommend applying if you’d like to be involved.
c) How it has benefited you
The BHP Billiton / Minerals Council of Australia WIE scholarship has provided me with innumerable opportunities for personal and professional development within the minerals and mining industry. In March 2014, I attended MCA Minerals Week to further my understanding of the role of mining in Australia and the world’s future. I had the pleasure of meeting national and state Women in Mining committee members and met some exceptional people at the top of their fields.
This year I pioneered the inaugural Engineers’ Australia Sydney WIE Experience It! Student conference with major support from the MCA – Minerals Tertiary Education Council (MTEC) sub-division. The event was aimed at secondary school female students to promote engineering and inspire girls to pursue to at a tertiary level. The event superseded all expectations and would not have gone ahead without the support of MTEC. MTEC was the first company and second sponsor to come on board and support this great initiative.
This summer I have been placed at BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s Peak Downs Mine in Central Queensland. Together, we work to produce over 9 million tonnes of Tier 1 metallurgical coal for overseas clients for the fiscal year. It’s a big operation, needing a big team with a big heart.