Empowering Regional Manufacturing: Celebrating Women’s Impact in Ballarat on International Women’s Day 2024

March 8, 2024 BY

Geelong Manufacturing Council offers Seed2STEM diversity and inclusion programs like Women in Manufacturing Network, and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing, in Ballarat.

AS International Women’s Day 2024 unfolds, it’s a moment to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of women across all facets of society.

In the heart of regional Australia, particularly in manufacturing hubs like Ballarat, women have been pivotal in propelling innovation, driving productivity, and shaping the industry’s landscape.

Ballarat’s manufacturing sector boasts a storied heritage.

In recent years, we have witnessed a notable shift towards inclusivity and diversity in the workforce.

More women are assuming leadership roles and making significant strides in traditionally male-dominated domains.

A key business benefit of fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce is the enhancement of creativity and innovation.

When people from different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives come together, they bring a range of ideas and approaches to problem-solving.

In the manufacturing industry, this diversity of thought can lead to the development of innovative new products, processes, and technologies that drive competitiveness and profitability – all aspects of world-class businesses.

Promoting gender diversity in the manufacturing industry can help address talent shortages and skills gaps.

By tapping into a larger pool of talent, companies can attract and retain top performers, ultimately improving their overall performance and competitiveness.

Additionally, providing equal opportunities for women to enter and advance in the manufacturing sector can help bridge the gender pay gap and promote economic empowerment.

However, there is still work to be done to achieve true gender equality in the manufacturing sector.

Companies must continue to prioritize diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices, promotion decisions, and workplace culture.

This includes providing equal pay for equal work, offering flexible work arrangements, rethinking roles using a diversity lens and implementing policies to prevent discrimination and harassment.

In Ballarat, we’ve witnessed inspiring instances of women overcoming barriers and flourishing in manufacturing.

From engineers and technicians to managers and executives, women are leaving their mark.

Nevertheless, there’s still ground to cover in attaining genuine gender parity in the manufacturing sphere.

Companies must persist in prioritising diversity and inclusivity in their recruitment procedures, promotion determinations, and workplace ethos.

This encompasses offering flexible work arrangements, rethinking roles using a diversity lens and instituting policies to curb discrimination and harassment.

The Seed2STEM diversity and inclusion programs – Women in Manufacturing Network, and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing, delivered in Ballarat by Geelong Manufacturing Council – aim to promote, support and encourage women’s participation in the manufacturing sector, bringing all these benefits and more.

Our programs tell young women and their mentors and parents what opportunities there are in manufacturing. They showcase the range of inspiring careers that are available.

On this International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the achievements of women in the manufacturing industry in Ballarat and recommit ourselves to building a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

By harnessing the talents and perspectives of women, we can unlock the full potential of our workforce, drive innovation and growth, and create a more prosperous and sustainable society for generations to come.

Together, we can build a world where every woman has the opportunity to thrive and succeed, both in Ballarat’s manufacturing industry and beyond.