AIRAH have published an article on levelling the playing field in HVAC&R by embracing gender diversity in employment.
The article, published in HVAC&R Nation, emphasised that if people asked themselves how many women they knew working in the industry that chances are those women would be working in non-technical roles, such as administration, marketing and/or management.
The article also emphasises that women have been underrepresented in the HVAC&R industry for many years and this is still the case, however changes to this are underway. The article also emphasises that research shows that organisations with a greater diversity simply perform better and that it is essential to find an employer sensitive to the needs of women, so they feel they are working in a supportive environment.
The article also contains interviews with women across the country who are working in the HVAC&R industry and what their professional experiences have been like: Jenny Smith, Owner of About Airconditioning in Darwin, Ezra Finch, a refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic for the QLD Government, Lauren Stacey, a third year apprentice at BioCool Refrigeration in Perth, and Sophie Decottignies, technician-turned administrator currently working for Veolia in WA.
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