WomEng is excited to announce a strategic partnership with De Beers Group, the world’s leading diamond company with expertise in the exploration, mining and marketing of diamonds. Together with its joint venture partners, De Beers Group employs more than 20,000 people across the diamond pipeline and is the world’s largest diamond producer by value, with mining operations in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa.
The mining industry has traditionally struggled with gender diversity, but as we move into the realm of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, technology has already had an impact on the way of doing business across all sectors, including mining. Traditional ways of operating are being reinvented with a move towards technologically-led “mines of the future,” operated by a diverse workforce.
WomEng is proud to partner with De Beers Group to look at innovating the engineering talent pipeline by attracting and developing highly skilled women. This will be achieved through investing in critical interventions along the skills pipeline within South Africa, Botswana and Namibia including GirlEng #AskAnEngineer workshops, a regional two-day GirlEng Innovation Challenge, and supporting the WomEng Fellowship South Africa - extending the opportunity to students from Namibia and Botswana.
These interventions are designed, firstly, to raise awareness of the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects and careers. Secondly, to provide students with practical tools and pathways to access education and careers within engineering and technical fields, and thirdly, to expose students to innovation and entrepreneurial challenges.
WomEng looks forward to working with De Beers Group over the next three years.
For more information about De Beers Group visit www.debeersgroup.com