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Women Influencing Defence & Resources Industry

Women Influencing Defence & Resources Industry

The Women influencing Defence and Resources Industries (WiDRI) Program was a joint initiative of RESA and the Defence Teaming Centre (DTC).

Designed to bring about collaboration and collegiate support, the Women influencing Defence and Resources Industries (WiDRI) program promoted the roles and responsibilities of women as directors and managers, coaches and mentors and industry advocates.  Workforce retention, career development and progression, professional networking, sharing experiences and coaching/mentoring activities all showcase these sectors as great career opportunities.

Widri Pic 393X262   WiDRI Launch: Jim Whalley, Defence Teaming Centre, the Hon. Gail Gago MP, Minister for the Status of Women; the Hon. Jack Snelling MP, Treasurer and Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, and Paul Dowd, Resources & Engineering Skills Alliance

The WIDRI Program, Launched in April 2011 by the Honourable Jack Snelling, then Treasurer and Minister for Employment, Training and Further Education, aimed to engage 60 women who are currently working in South Australia's defence and resources industries but received overwhelming industry engagement.  With over 120 people participating in various components of the programs, this program far exceeded its targeted numbers and engaged women in a range of technical, engineering, safety, supply chain, corporate, administration, training and operations.  Participants engaged in various components of the program as needed.  Training and development opportunities have included:

  • media presentations,
  • public speaking,
  • presentation skills,
  • coaching and mentoring,
  • board CV writing
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors - Foundation of Directorship

This Project was funded through the Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology, Industry Partnership Program, which is an initiative of the Government of South Australia (now the Department of State Development).

For more information on WiDRI please click here

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