John Holland has commenced a pilot program with SheWorks, to encourage and employ 4 female apprentices in the rail traction specialist area. SheWorks is a social enterprise fully owned and operated by Australian NFP Fitted for Work, that connects work ready women with employers seeking to attract and retain quality female employees.
Optec is throwing its support behind the initiative to recruit female apprentices. Optec has recently entered into a 3-year contract with John Holland to deliver training to 10 apprentices in Victoria for the Certificate III in ESI – Power Systems – Rail Traction. The apprentices commence their training on 8th October 2018 and will continue their study for 3 years.
Optec and John Holland enthusiastically participated in SheWorks’ presentation and information sessions for prospective female candidates. The successful sessions informed candidates of the work involved and gave them an opportunity to speak to John Holland supervisors and the Optec technical experts who will be delivering the training. They were also able to view and lift some of the equipment they will be working with during their apprenticeship.
SheWorks provides support and coaching to the candidates throughout the recruitment process. All successful candidates are enrolled in SheWorks 12 month mentoring program where they are matched with a mentor and receive ongoing support to help them navigate and remain in the role.
Optec is looking forward to working with the apprentices and commencing training in October. Over the three years the regular training will coincide with work schedules as the apprentices will be working on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project.
Optec’s technical expertise as well as John Holland’s constructions project expertise makes the 2 companies a strong force in the apprentice sphere and they are using this opportunity to actively encourage female representation in the industry.