GENDER diversity is a hot topic across the shipping and logistics industry, with stevedoring no exception, and with a cadetship program, Patrick is working to help talented women with an interest in logistics build a career in the industry.
In a statement, Patrick admitted the company had a long history as a male-dominated organisation with a shortage of female applicants and women with strong industry experience, a situation has been seen at other stevedores.
The WILpower program is a two-year structured cadetship aiming to deliver on-the-job learning in operational roles for women who might lack industry experience.
This year’s cadetship will provide ten women with the opportunity to develop the skills required to enter operational management roles in Patrick.
The program will operate nationally with two roles located at each of the Patrick sites, including: Port Botany, Fisherman Island, Fremantle, and East Swanson Dock and St Kilda National Operations and Commercial Centre.
The program includes a full time, competitive salary, dedicated onboarding to build skills and internal networks, a tailored tertiary qualification designed in partnership with a university, job rotations across a broad spectrum of roles, individualised mentoring and ongoing support.
Patrick CEO Michael Jovicic said the cadetship was a step in the right direction for encouraging women into the organisation.
“We believe that by providing a program such as WILpower, we can encourage greater representation of women in operational management roles across all areas of our business, and the industry as a whole,” he said.
“The WILpower program is a fresh approach to our diversity strategy within Patrick and we have been fortunate to have encouraged some exceptionally talented women into Patrick as a result of the first iteration of WILpower.”
Elizabeth Pinkerton, safety and environment manager at Patrick’s East Swanson Dock, was a participant in the previous WILpower Management Cadetship and said the program had been responsible for driving advancement in her career.
“The highlight of the WILpower cadetship has been learning about the dynamic nature of the stevedoring industry, where no two days are the same and every day has a new challenge and opportunity,” she said.
“I have found the WILpower program is perfect for people who are looking for a new challenge or a change from their current career.”