From Challenge Comes Change -
Let's Celebrate Local Women in STEM
International Women’s Day 2021 calls us to #ChooseToChallenge. We can choose to call out gender bias and inequity, and we can choose to celebrate the achievements of women. Our area is filled with remarkable women doing remarkable things. Women need some solid footwear as they smash those glass ceilings doing what they are passionate about and setting examples for young people and businesses.
One of these can be found at Albury Precision Engineering, a company known for investing in their female workforce as they forge ahead in a male dominated industry. As a business they have invested in the skills of their workers, regardless of gender, fostering the passion and unique skills of each individual. Entering the workforce as a secretary in the early 1980’s, Karen Haberman progressed her way through various manufacturing facilities and became an Industrial Engineer. She has been with the company since it began in 1989 and through her work she has helped build an inclusive culture that has fostered other women to grow in their careers.
Alongside Karen, Albury Precision Engineering currently employs Libby as an administration trainee with an uncanny ability in logistics; previous trainee Samantha moving through the organisation into the Production Manager role after smashing her latest qualification in Leadership & Management, and Sarah who commenced as a fitting and machining apprentice last year. Currently Sarah is the only woman in her TAFE class!
As a company Albury Precision Engineering demonstrate the long-term benefits of investing in women and their workplace education. The first career a young person chooses does not have to be their last, and there is more than one pathway from school to work.
As this year’s international Women’s Day calls us to #ChallengeToChange, let’s celebrate those women and organisations in our community that are challenging the traditionally male dominated fields.