Program forges path for skilled women

SUPPORTING GROWTH: Member for Barker Tony Pasin, OneFortyOne senior management assistant Melissa Ryan, head of human resources Candice Fennell and Green Triangle Forests operations general manager Mike Theobald celebrate the business' inclusion in the Career Revive pilot initiative.

A MOUNT Gambier timber giant will be supported in helping skilled women re-enter the workforce through a Federal Government pilot initiative.

One Forty One Plantations is one of 10 regional Australian businesses selected to take part in the second intake of Career Revive, a program designed to increase women’s workforce participation by supporting businesses to attract and retain women returning to work after a career break.

Professional services network KPMG will offer specific guidance on how to improve business practices and policies and develop a tailored action plan to address barriers to attracting and retaining skilled women who have been out of the workforce for an extended period.

One Forty One head of human resources Candice Fennell said the company was excited to start its Career Revive journey, praising the Federal Government’s support on the important issue.

“We know there are obstacles for women returning to work after a period of caring for others,” Ms Fennell said.

”We want to make sure our work environment is inclusive, understanding and creates a culture of success and career satisfaction,” she said.

“OneFortyOne is committed to utilising this support to make progress as an employer of choice for women returning to work and for women already in our business balancing work and personal commitments.”

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the government was committed to boosting the confidence of women returning to paid work and their financial independence, as well as supporting businesses to retain skilled women workers.

“We know that when women do well both professionally and personally, our community, the economy and the nation as a whole prospers,” Mr Pasin said.

Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Minister Michaelia Cash said the government was committed to getting people back into work and rebuilding the economy in the wake of COVID-19.

“Increasing women’s workforce participation is an economic and social priority for Australia going forward,” Ms Cash said.

“This has wide-ranging benefits not just for women, but for their families, communities, business and our nation’s economy.”