Female students urged to break gender stereotypes at AGL forum

Young women have been urged to consider careers outside traditional gender-role stereotypes at the inaugural AGL Women in Business Forum held in Morwell recently.

Year 10 students from Kurnai College, Lowanna College and Traralgon College attended the event to hear about the experiences of women working in male-dominated roles and learn how best to achieve success in their future careers.

AGL Loy Yang teamed up with The Smith Family and Federation University to present the forum, with the aim of attracting young women to diverse roles.

Guest speakers from AGL Loy Yang included an apprentice mechanical fitter, civil engineer, and safety manager.

The event MC on the day was Mikkayla Mossop, ex-Big Brother contestant and current TR FM morning show host.

The forum also provided information on university pathways, student support services, building a successful resume, interview behaviours and appropriate use of social media. 

According to AGL Chief Operating Officer, Merchant Operations, Doug Jackson, the forum was part of AGL’s focus on building a diverse workplace.

“At AGL, we see the diversity of our workforce as a key to understanding and engaging our employees, the customers we serve and the communities in which we work. “We are committed to encouraging women of all ages, but particularly young students, to break out of traditional gender-role stereotypes and pursue any career they choose.

“Hopefully those who attended the Women in Business Forum were given an insight into roles they may not have otherwise considered,” Mr Jackson said. 

The AGL Women in Business Forum was part of AGL Loy Yang’s ongoing partnership with The Smith Family and Kurnai College. 

About AGL

AGL is one of Australia's leading integrated renewable energy companies and is taking action toward creating a sustainable energy future for our investors, communities and customers. Drawing on 175 years of experience, AGL operates retail and merchant energy businesses, power generation assets and an upstream gas portfolio. AGL has one of Australia's largest retail energy and dual fuel customer bases. AGL has a diverse power generation portfolio including base, peaking and intermediate generation plants, spread across traditional thermal generation as well as renewable sources including hydro, wind, landfill gas and biomass. AGL is Australia's largest private owner and operator of renewable energy assets and is looking to further expand this position by exploring a suite of low emission and renewable energy generation development opportunities.