Lynn Wang (Metro Trains Melbourne) and Jane Northey (AECOM)
The first of its kind in Australia, Victoria’s Women in Transport program combines fifteen initiatives to attract and retain more women in the sector. It aims to increase the number of women in transport from 16 per cent to 25 per cent by 2020 and senior role representation to 50 per cent.
One of its initiatives is the Women in Transport Mentoring Program, delivered the by Level Crossing Removal Project on behalf of Victoria’s Department of Transport. The 6-month program offers professional development and networking sessions, monthly guides for mentees and mentors, and a focus on face-to-face connections.
Initially, the mentoring program involved 62 women engineers – after overwhelming enthusiasm and positive feedback, the program has since extended to include almost 500 participants, across all disciplines within the transport industry.
“I do believe there is a better focus on engaging women and encouraging women to take on leadership positions in the transport industry. This focus will be here for the long-run.
However, the WiT program or similar program boosts this focus to another level! It not only raises the awareness of the under-representation of women in this industry but also leads the industry by example for showing the practical actions that can be taken to address this challenge.” Program Participant, Jane.