Changing the ratio in manufacturing

Women represented in the manufacturing sector may still be a minority but a group of local ladies are on a mission to change that at a breakfast tomorrow, Wednesday 30 May, that will champion opportunities for women in the sector.

Presented by the AI Group, and supported by the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning; the Women in Manufacturing breakfast will feature three leading local voices in the sector to discuss their experiences and workshop ideas and opportunities for those curious about a manufacturing career.

With the manufacturing industry in Queensland experiencing fast track transition thanks to advancements in technology, the push to attract highly skilled women into the sector has become increasingly important.

Mel Ireland, Member Relationship Executive of the AI Group and event facilitator, said the Women in Manufacturing breakfast was an ideal opportunity for guests to engage with leaders in the field and hear first-hand what a career in this sector looks like.

“This is the third Women in Manufacturing breakfast event we have hosted in Queensland and the first in Townsville, and we are looking forward to facilitating dialogue between women about roles and opportunities within the sector” Ireland said.

“Gender diversity in the workforce drives innovation and as manufacturing evolves from traditional to high-value advanced manufacturing, it is time to create a culture of inclusion, where unique strengths can thrive.

“The breakfasts we have hosted in Brisbane and Sunshine Coast have produced some interesting conversations around individual experiences in the sector and offered exciting opportunities around how we increase the representation of women.

“We look forward to hosting an important discussion tomorrow around women being active participants in the growing success of the manufacturing sector and how to encourage and support new entrants into this important element of the Queensland economy.”

The sold-out event takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 30th May, at Jam Corner in North Townsville.



DATE: Wednesday 30 May 2018
TIME: 7.00am for 7.30am start.

Event concludes at 9.30am

VENUE: JAM CORNER, Palmer Street, North Townsville


Cathy Weis, Business Development, stakeholder engagement and communications.


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Danella Lane, General Manager


Thomas Steel Fabrication specialise in the fabrication and erection of structural steel. Thomas Steel Fabrication have been in operation in Townsville since 1956, providing a range of steel fabrication services throughout North Queensland, from large mining contracts, industrial and commercial buildings to general fabrication and metalwork.

Michelle Reynolds, HR Business Manager


Wilmar Sugar Australia is Australia’s leading sugar and renewable energy company.

A major part of the Queensland landscape, they own and operate eight sugar mills in North and Central Queensland, which together manufacture more than half of Australia’s raw sugar. They also own an extensive network of railway line throughout milling regions to transport cane to mill.



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