Capability matters - supporting Women in Navy

Published on CMDR Fenn Kemp (author), Mr Jay Cronan (photographer)

Topic(s): Mentoring, Naval Engineering

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne with The Future Through Collaboration (TFTC) 2018 participants. (photo: Jay Cronan)
The Minister for Defence, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne with The Future Through Collaboration (TFTC) 2018 participants.

Navy has joined the nation’s leading defence industry partners to support and develop in women in engineering and technical fields.

Navy’s goal is to increase female representation rate to 25% by 2023. ‘The future through collaboration (TFTC) Women in Engineering Mentoring program’, is a defence industry initiative which sponsors women working in engineering and project management.

The TFTC Mentoring program seeks to tackle the issue of gender diversity head on. It has been specifically designed to enhance capability by supporting and developing the current workforce of women within the Defence and Defence Industry. This is the fourth year Navy has been involved in the mentoring program, and this year’s program was launched with the Keynote address by Minster for Defence, Senator Marise Payne. 

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne with The Future Through Collaboration (TFTC) 2018 participants.

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Honourable Marise Payne with The Future Through Collaboration (TFTC) 2018 participants.

Director Navy General Engineering, CDRE Colin Dagg said programs like TFTC were essential to build Navy capability.

“Having been on the pilot programme as a Mentor and seeing the growth of the program over the past four years has been very encouraging,” he said.

“We now have uniform members participating as both mentors and mentees.

“I think one of the most notable positives coming out of the program is the exchange of ideas on how we can each look at our career and life goals. We tend to focus on our career at rank and not at what we as individuals and professional engineers want to achieve in our profession,” CDRE Dagg said.

This year, Navy participants involved three female mentees, including a technical trade senior sailor for the second time, and three mentors (both men and women). Mentee in this year’s program, CPO Leonie Hunter, is encouraged by Navy’s commitment to supporting and developing women in the current engineering and technical trades.

“I am looking forward to spending the year exploring my own personal and professional growth,’ she said.

“I see it as an opportunity to develop, maintain and improve on a number of skills first introduced to me by Navy facilitated courses.

“This is a great opportunity to meet and network with a number of talented Defence Industry men and women on the same journey, hear their similar challenges and fresh ideas for ways ahead.”

For more information on the TFTC Program please contact: Navy.diversity@defence.gov.au