Program for women in non-traditional jobs to continue

A PROGRAM to retain women in non-traditional careers in the Queensland resources sector will continue next year to help the industry work towards a 20% target by 2020.

Twenty women have already completed the six-month mentoring program, where they were matched with CEOs and senior executive from resources sector companies.

Queensland Resources Council's 2005 study into the attraction and retention of women in the minerals and energy sector identified mentoring availability as a key component in boosting numbers.

QRC chief Michael Roche said the proportion of women in non-traditional roles had risen from 6% in 2006 to 13.5% which had the industry on track to meet the 2020 target.

Assistant Minister for Technical and Further Education Saxon Rice on Tuesday will launch the 2015 QRC and Women in Mining and Resources Queensland Mentoring Program - which will involve 40 women matching with industry leaders.

"We're aiming to retain women already working in the resources industry by establishing support channels and further developing their skills and leadership qualities," she said. - APN NEWSDESK