Celebrating women and girls in science

11 February 2021

The spotlight is on gender equality in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines today, as we celebrate the United Nations International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Transgrid has a commitment to creating a gender equal workplace, and ensuring equal opportunities are available to all. We know it makes good business and community sense to hire, develop and retain the best people from 100 per cent of the population as we connect Australia to a renewable energy future.

The ways we work to address the gender imbalance in science and maths related industries include:

Transgrid’s Women in Engineering Scholarship at the University of New South Wales.

This scholarship provides financial support and the opportunity to gain hands-on industry experience working with our teams. This could involve working on our Renewable Energy Zone projects or with our field crews.

Pavitraa Hathi is a recipient of the scholarship and is currently an intern at TransGrid. Pavitraa said: “I was inspired to study engineering to better understand the world around me and equip myself with the tools needed to drive change and contribute to society.”

Supporting our Future Leaders

Jayne Longstaff from our Strategy, Innovation and Technology team was the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Future Leader of the Year in 2020 and is a member of TransGrid’s Diversity Council. Jayne said: “I loved studying science and was fortunate to be encouraged to follow my dreams to become an engineer. Today I’m focused on ‘paying it forward’ by mentoring young women to support their careers in infrastructure and energy. ”

UNSW's Women in Engineering Summer Camp

Currently only around 17 per cent of Australia’s engineering graduates are female. TransGrid supports the UNSW’s Women in Engineering Summer Camp by hosting participants at events at TransGrid, such as a 2019 morning tea and panel discussion at Wallgrove campus. The purpose is to inspire and enthuse participating high school students by showcasing the varied pathways around engineering available to them.

Find out more about the educational programs Transgrid sponsors to encourage women in STEM.