Employees at CS Energy’s power stations and Brisbane Office celebrated the part they can play in achieving a more gender-balanced world to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) on 8 March.
To help spread the 2019 IWD theme of #balanceforbetter, employees posed with pledge cards highlighting their commitment to diversity and challenging stereotypes and bias.
Above: Glen Cecil, Tia Geisel and Brad Twomey at Callide Power Station.
Above: Brisbane staff showing their support for International Women's Day (from left) Adam Edwards, YunVun Chok, Tracy Mitchell and Ravi Rengasamy.
CS Energy CEO Andrew Bills said CS Energy had made significant ground over the last three years in its drive to be a more inclusive and diverse workplace.
“CS Energy has flexible working arrangements, gender pay parity and committed to five-year targets for increasing the participation of females in our workforce,” Mr Bills said.
“We have also introduced superannuation payments for people on unpaid parental leave, helping to close the superannuation gap that exists for women who leave the workforce to have children.”
CS Energy currently employs 117 women and it is forecast that we will exceed our target of 120 by the end of this financial year. In addition, we currently have 27 females in leadership roles and 29 women in non-traditional roles.
One of the women working in a non-traditional role at CS Energy is Callide Power Station’s Sonia van Mol. After joining Callide as an Electrical and Instrumentation Technician (Level 1) in 2017, Sonia is now working in a Planner position for the site electrical maintenance teams.
“I grew up working with my Dad in the shed making Morse code machines and other technical things,” Sonia said. “I guess that’s where my interest in electrical and instrumentation systems first sparked.
“Working in a male dominated industry encouraged me to strive harder and to always apply 100 percent to everything I do.
“My supervisors at Callide Power Station have been encouraging about career development opportunities.”
Above: Callide Planner Sonia van Mol out on the plant with Senior Tradesperson Trent Agostini.