Patrick in new female cadetship program effort

Latest iteration aims at encouraging more women to join company

Patrick in new female cadetship program effort
WILpower cadets Fiona McNamara, Elizabeth Pinkerton and Megan Johnston


Applications are open for Patrick’s 2018 WILpower Management Cadetship, an accelerated development leadership program designed to help talented women with an interest in logistics build a career in the industry.

Gender diversity within the stevedoring industry is one of Patrick’s greatest challenges, the stevedoring company admits. 

Patrick has a long history as a male dominated organisation with a shortage of female applicants and women with strong industry experience.

The WILpower program is a two-year structured cadetship which aims to deliver on the job learning in operational roles for talented women who may lack industry experience, thus promoting and encouraging diversity within the Patrick workforce.

Patrick CEO Michael Jovicic says Patrick believes that the WILpower Management Cadetship is a step in the right direction for encouraging women into the organisation.

"We believe that by providing a program such as WILpower, we can encourage greater representation of women in operational management roles across all areas of our business, and the industry as a whole.

"The WILpower program is a fresh approach to our diversity strategy within Patrick and we have been fortunate to have encouraged some exceptionally talented women into Patrick as a result of the first iteration of WILpower."

 Read about how WILpower was launched here

Elizabeth Pinkerton, safety and environment manager at Patrick’s East Swanson Dock in Melbourne, was a participant in the previous WILpower effort and believes that the program has been responsible for driving advancement in her career.

"The highlight of the WILpower cadetship has been learning about the dynamic nature of the stevedoring industry, where no two days are the same and every day has a new challenge and opportunity," Pinkerton says.

"I have found the WILpower program is perfect for people who are looking for a new challenge or a change from their current career."

The WILpower Management Cadetship will provide 10 women with the opportunity to develop the skills required to enter operational management roles in Patrick.

The program will operate nationally with two roles located at each of the Patrick sites, including: Port Botany in Sydney, Fisherman Islands in Brisbane, Fremantle in Western Australia, and Melbourne’s East Swanson Dock and St Kilda National Operations and Commercial Centre.

The program includes a full time, competitive salary, dedicated ‘onboarding’ to build skills and internal networks, a tailored tertiary qualification designed in partnership with a university, job rotations across a broad spectrum of roles, individualised mentoring and ongoing support, Patrick says.

Alongside her fellow Melbourne cadets, Megan Johnston and Fiona McNamara, Pinkerton says: "The opportunity suits any technical individual who is looking to progress their career into frontline operational management. 

"Every day you get to work in a dynamic environment with great people and be a part of what drives the Australian economy."

Patrick has extended expressions of interest until August 31.

They can be made here.


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