Aurizon pushes for 30% female workforce before 2019

AURIZON'S push for more females to join their crew is stronger than ever, with a 30% target by 2019.

At present, there are 45 females out of 536 male employees in the Gladstone organisation in all types of roles.

Aurizon Gladstone HR advisor Sasha Ryan said achieving the aspirational figure was high on the Gladstone site's radar.

"We need females to start applying because it's a great opportunity," she said.

"At the moment the figure is quite low, at 15% across the company.

"That includes 6% operational, 5% trades and 10% engineers."

But the number of women securing jobs has risen with increased publicising.

"The last two years we have had more and more women come through and it just shows that girls can do all that stuff, too," Ms Ryan said.

"We do have women in train driving, freight operations, welding, boilermaking and pretty much every operation space you could imagine.

"It's all about being diverse."

Ms Ryan said the Aurizon environment was suitable to people with any living situation.

"We've got flexibility arrangements and we are here to help women that have kids," she said.



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