Daughters@Work day at Cenitex

Cenitex hosted the first Daughters@Work Day with nearly thirty girls in attendance, it was a great day and we hope they've left thinking about further study in STEAM subjects.

We were lucky enough meet our future app developers and programmers, research scientists, economists and engineers.  The young women were daughters, nieces and granddaughters of Cenitex staff.  They were treated to an awesome day; hearing from women in the ICT field, having fun with hands-on activities and generally having a good time learning about the cool things you can do with technology. The day was designed to introduce the future workforce, our daughters, to the breadth of opportunities that science and technology offers.

"I'm so excited about the future, having met the young stars of tomorrow at our first Daughters@Work Day." Frances Cawthra, CEO.

The girls were welcomed by Frances Cawthra, who set the scene for the day. They were also lucky to hear from some amazing women including Fiona Dillon (Deputy Commissioner ATO), Lynn Warneke (CIO, DPC) and her daughter Elise Ackland, Marta Kiki (Graduate Engineer Ericsson) as well as our own stars, Alexis Ewing, Kellee Willis, Bella Damm, Lesley Govett and Eva Tullah.

The afternoon activities were designed for the girls to learn in a hands on way that was fun and engaging. Activities included coding hardware in a circuit playground, creating green screen films and delivering pizza using sphero robotics - Robo Eats.  The day wrapped with the girls receiving a Certificate to recognise their participation and enthusiasm.

Cenitex recognises we have an important role to play in our industry, statistics shows women in STEAM industries make up just 16% of the workforce and this figure only slightly increases to 24% in ICT roles. We would like to even out that ratio and plan to run more Daughters@Work events along with other diversity initiatives.