Ampcontrol partners with schools outreach program to boost women in STEM industries

Ampcontrol partners with schools outreach program to boost women in STEM industries

Ampcontrol has announced its sponsorship with Hunter-based industry school outreach program HunterWiSE.

HunterWiSE is an initiative for women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) aimed to positively impact perceptions of STEM careers amongst school-aged girls to increase overall participation by women.

According to the Australian Government Department of Industry, Science and Resources The state of STEM gender equity in 2022, released 23 September 2022, women only make up 27 per cent of the workforce across all STEM industries.

Ampcontrol Capability Development Manager, Mikhaila Halford said that Ampcontrol is passionate about creating diverse teams with women is an important and integral part of the vibrant engineering and technology world.

“We recognise the need to engage students at an early stage in their learning before they reach their final years in school,” Mikhaila said.

“There are a number of career pathways we offer at Ampcontrol, and we have strong ties with local schools and The University of Newcastle to get young people excited by a career in STEM.

“We believe it’s vitally important for industry and education to work together.

“Our involvement in the HunterWiSE Program will allow Ampcontrol to partner with students from a local school, where we can provide mentoring and support to inspire young women to pursue a career in engineering.”

Co-Founder of HunterWISE, Professor Anna Giacomini said that she recognises the success of HunterWiSE initiatives is due in part to the contributions of industry partners, who provide opportunities for students to learn about and explore a wide range of STEM careers.

“If you don’t show that these options are available career paths early enough to allow them to choose relevant subjects, it will be too late,” Anna said.

“It’s why our HunterWiSE Schools Outreach 10-week program targets female students in Year 8.”

HunterWiSE features two interlinked actions to increase the number of girls and women participating in STEM: a 10-week targeted school outreach program, and a series of networking events across the Hunter for STEM professionals.

This approach is designed to steer women toward STEM and encourages their retention in the STEM pipeline.

HunterWiSE students will work in small groups to identify an issue in their local community and then develop a STEM-based solution to the problem.

As an industry partner, Ampcontrol will invite students to tour facilities and see STEM careers in action, with the opportunity to engage directly with students in their classroom to share STEM expertise and insights.

Since the pilot program, HunterWiSE has grown and will this year reach students from 11 schools within the Hunter region.

It was first launched in 2017 by a team of passionate female academics from STEM disciplines at the University of Newcastle.

IMAGE | Co-founder of HunterWiSE, Professor Anna Giacomini and Ampcontrol Capability Development Manager , Mikhaila Halford at an International Women’s Day Breakfast where the Ampcontrol sponsorship of HunterWiSE was announced. 


The Ampcontrol story is one full of twists and turns, with milestones achieved and celebrated by a growing workforce across the world. Yet amongst the technological firsts, awards, impressive growth and global reach, is a company founded on simple yet rock solid foundations. A philosophy of anything is possible has meant Ampcontrol's customer driven technology solutions are redefining industry expectations and leading safety in over nine countries.

Strengthened by our vertically integrated structure, Ampcontrol's technology and innovation base underpins our internal supply chain. From customised engineering to the fabrication and manufacture of product suited to the most hazardous environments, Ampcontrol is able to support our customers each step of the way.

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