Broadspectrum is promoting equality and diversity in its industries by sponsoring Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) scholarships for female students.
The company has recently signed agreements with Monash University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), to include a yearly scholarship in their program from 2018.
Championing the company’s diversity and inclusion agenda, Broadspectrum Group Executive Legal and Governance, Angelique Nesbitt said: “This initiative aims to support women studying in fields where they are currently underrepresented. We are proud to have increased our female participation by five per cent in the last five years, taking the female participation in our organisation five to ten per cent higher than similar industries, and we are increasingly looking at ways we can facilitate greater gender equality in the workforce.”
Fostering a diverse and inclusive culture is critical to Broadspectrum’s performance and innovation. In addition to these scholarships, Broadspectrum’s executive team will continue to place a strong emphasis on hiring and retaining talented women in the organisation.
UTS’s Business Relationships Manager, Faculty of Engineering and IT, Maritza Messina was very pleased with the agreement: “I am delighted to welcome Broadspectrum to our scholarship program which encourages more young women to study STEM subjects and access opportunities for careers in exciting new fields. Scholarships support individual students, and contribute to our Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program (WiEIT) which aims to increase diversity in the workplace.”
Broadspectrum’s success towards a more inclusive culture includes:
- our #SpectrumGrad program that has a 50/50 gender mix in its intake, and was recently crowned as the Best Graduate Development Program at Australian HR Awards 2017
- sponsorship of Chief Executive Women, and the participation of our female leaders for the past three years in its annual program
- increased uptake of flexible work practices in line with the company’s Flexibility Policy, and
- a formal mentoring program that encourages the succession of women to senior roles in the organisation.
At Broadspectrum, we are committed to creating an environment where everyone feels respected, appreciated and can fully participate and thrive in our business. This is underpinned by the company’s Equality and Diversity in the Workplace Policy.