Engineering Community Comes Together to Discuss Indigenous Inclusion in Industry

A Spotlight on Indigenous Engineers - by Engineers Without Borders WA

On the 8th of December, CORE hosted a special screening from Engineers Without Borders with the support of Engineers Australia. The screening formed part of West Tech Fest 2016 and focused on two engineers, Sam Shepherd from Woodside and Leon Oriti from Jacobs, as exemplars of young Aboriginal people who have pursued technical pathways in engineering in WA.

The message of inclusion and diversity resonated with members of the indigenous and non-indigenous community in engineering, drawing an exceptional turnout.

Among the attendees were leaders of the Aboriginal community, including Marie Taylor who provided a moving Welcome to Country.

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Min Hamid addressing the audience on the need to remove barriers for Aboriginal youth wanting to participate in technical (STEM) careers.

Min Hamid addressing the audience on the need to remove barriers for Aboriginal youth wanting to participate in technical (STEM) careers.

The audience received some inspirational words from leaders within Engineers Without Borders, including Min Hamid, the Indigenous & Torres Straight Islander Partnership Hub Coordinator, Peter Baynard-Smith, CEO (who extended his stay in Perth to attend the event) and Sheena Ong, WA President.

 
Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people represent 2.5% of the population, but just 0.5% of total engineering students.

- Engineers Without Borders

The short films featured the stories of indigenous youth Sam and Leon and their pathway into successful careers in engineering.

The screenings were followed by a live Q&A session with Sam and Leon.

A live Q&A session with Sam and Leon, uncovering more details about the challenges of increasing participation of Aboriginal youth in technical careers.

A live Q&A session with Sam and Leon, uncovering more details about the challenges of increasing participation of Aboriginal youth in technical careers.

Audience members sharing their thoughts and experiences on Aboriginal inclusion in the industry and greater community.

Audience members sharing their thoughts and experiences on Aboriginal inclusion in the industry and greater community.

It was a thought-provoking evening, exploring ideas around broader inclusion and diversity and leaving attendees with a greater understanding of what it means to be inclusive and how the community will benefit as a result.

Contact Min Hamid for more details on how you can make a difference to indigenous inclusion in industry: muhaimin.hamid@gmail.com or 0405 401 559.

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