18 November 2016
Engineers Australia and the NT’s largest electricity producer, government-owned corporation Territory Generation, plan to increase the number of Aboriginal and women engineers through a new $10,000 diversity scholarship.
The scholarship forms part of a new sponsorship agreement between Engineers Australia and Territory Generation.
Territory Generation chief executive Tim Duignan said the organisation was proud to sponsor Engineers Australia.
“Territory Generation recognises the need to encourage more women and Indigenous people into engineering careers,” Mr Duignan said.
“The partnership with Engineers Australia aligns with Territory Generation’s values of focus, integrity, respect, safety and teamwork.
“The scholarship program represents an excellent opportunity for Indigenous and female engineering students to be supported into an engineering career in the Northern Territory.
“We believe the organisation’s workforce should reflect the community it serves.”
General Manager Major Projects and member of Territory Generation’s Women Leaders Forum, Rebecca Mills (pictured), said the industry would benefit from greater cultural and gender diversity.
“It’s important for any profession to encourage diversity in thought, and this is achieved through the different experiences and values which people with different cultural and gender backgrounds can offer,” Ms Mills said.
“The engineering profession provides innovation and solutions to benefit the community; however the profession traditionally has not always been representative of society.
“Increasing diversity will certainly improve innovation and outcomes.”
Mark Monaghan, General Manager Engineers Australia, Northern said that partnering with Territory Generation would help foster workforce diversity in the engineering sector.
“Territory Generation is a highly skilled and valued energy-generation company in the Territory and their values closely align to Engineers Australia’s,” Mr Monaghan said.
“The diversity scholarship program will help build critical capability in the industry, while supporting Indigenous and female students who are working towards a career in engineering.”
Engineers Australia is the peak representative body for the engineering profession, representing more than 100,000 members from all disciplines of engineering, and maintains representation in every state and territory.
Engineers Australia is also represented internationally, including in countries like Timor-Leste and Indonesia which form part of Engineers Australia, Northern.
Scholarship details will be finalised soon and published online at www.territorygeneration.com.au.