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MMG Rosebery employee Jennifer Kotek a shining star in mining

MMG Rosebery’s Jennifer Kotek has been recognised as one of the Australian mining industry’s most talented young professionals for her work helping to build a proactive people culture and redeveloping the operation’s apprenticeship training program.

Ms Kotek, a human resources advisor at Rosebery, a mine on the west coast of Tasmania, was one of seven finalists in the Exceptional Young Woman in Resources category at the Women in Resources National Awards (WIRNA) held in Perth last night.

In discussing her inclusion as a finalist at the awards, Ms Kotek, aged 29, spoke about the importance of promoting the many opportunities for women across the resources industry.

“It is an honour to be recognised among such an accomplished group of young professionals and I congratulate Helena Wu on taking out this year’s award.

“I believe this shows the growing diversity and vast opportunities for women and all young professionals throughout the Australian mining industry.”

Ms Kotek was nominated for the award by Rosebery’s General Manager, Aaron Brannigan, who said that her support of the leadership team and commitment to redeveloping and managing the operation’s apprenticeship training program has been outstanding.

“By working with our industry partners and the community, Jennifer has helped build a proactive culture and, within her first six months at Rosebery, built an apprenticeship  program that builds local capacity and supports our apprentices during the important first stages of their careers.

“Jennifer is a role model for young professionals throughout the mining industry.”

Since relocating to Rosebery in 2013, Ms Kotek has supported further development of operation’s frontline leadership team and has joined the emergency response team. Ms Kotek said she enjoys living and being part of the Rosebery community.

“I’m enjoying my work and the community and look forward to continuing to support our apprentices as they enter their third year of training.”

MMG actively promotes diversity in the workplace, with the company’s first Diversity and Inclusion Strategy introduced in 2014. Approximately 16% of MMG’s overall workforce is women, including approximately 7% of the workforce at Rosebery.

Rosebery launched its redeveloped apprenticeship program in 2014, with five apprentices from the west coast of Tasmania currently in their second year of training at the operation.

WIRNA is a partnership between the Minerals Council of Australia and its Victorian and Northern Territory branches, the New South Wales Minerals Council, the Queensland Resources Council, the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy Western Australia, with support from various Women in Mining Network state branches.

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