At Box Hill Institute, the female mentoring program has always been about empowerment, particularly for our students enrolled in the trade programs. And we’re proud to have seen so many of our alumni thrive following their studies with us.
This year’s Student of the Year winner Jessica Malouf, recently graduated in the Certificate II in Plumbing and is now working as an apprentice for A.G. Coombes. She said: “My teachers were very supportive, which really built up my confidence. I loved every aspect and would love to see more girls in trade.”
Amber Sarda is another of our accomplished alumni, completing her Certificate III in Automative in 2004, before becoming the first female apprentice at Porsche in Melbourne. She was also named Victorian Apprentice of the Year.
Jayme Cooney, who studied with us in 2003 on the Certificate III in Furnishings, now runs her own successful kitchen design business. While studying, Jayme also won the Lion’s Club Encouragement Award for First Year Apprentices and Multiplex Student Apprentice Award.
Furthering our championing of females at the Institute, we have launched a female mentoring program for students enrolled in non-traditional courses. The scheme is designed to support and encourage students in a neutral space away from the class room.
The initiative is available (but not limited to) to students studying on Automotive and Transport, Construction and Plumbing, Business and IT, Electrical and Refrigeration, Engineering and Manufacturing and Animals and Science courses.
Our mentors are all successful women in the industry, providing a first-hand insight into what it’s like for a female in the industry; as well as any issues that might arise. The support is tailored to the needs of the student and can vary from regular meets ups to email or phone correspondence. There is also a mentor lounge on campus, which provides a comfortable spot to meet with your mentor between classes.
Our mentors are deeply committed to the initiative, even using their contacts to assist students in securing apprenticeships. The scheme has received positive feedback from students so far, saying that feel increasingly supported as a result.
If you’re interested in using the mentor program, contact Andrea Reed on (03) 9286 9553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.