Skedulo is joining companies from around Australia in throwing their support behind an innovative new platform being launched in Queensland this month set to foster impactful conversations that will change the game for female representation in male-dominated industries.
UNIQ You is a groundbreaking service and online platform that connects high school girls (and their guidance and career officers) with industry advisors drawn from sectors under-represented by women. Thirteen corporate foundation partners, selected from industries that have less than 40% representation of women, have signed on for the pilot program in Queensland: Aurecon, BMD, Boeing, Hutchinson Builders, Origin, Oz Minerals (SA), Seqwater, Shell’s QGC Business, Skedulo, Tesserent (VIC), Urban Utilities, Ventia and Yurika.
Female advisors from the thirteen corporate partners across Australia will give their time to provide industry insights to grade 9 to 12 high school girls from 30 schools through personalised one-on-one video calls.
UNIQ You CEO, Tanya Meessmann, said, “In order to truly move the dial on gender diversity we need to ensure there is a pipeline of young girls, both inspired and prepared to pursue opportunities in under-represented industries. UNIQ You has partnered with Brisbane’s own global leader in scheduling software, Skedulo, to develop a bespoke platform that harnesses accessible technology to facilitate conversations between industry and students to create genuine and scalable change.”
“Our service allows for advisers to easily engage with girls across the entire state, whether they are in major cities or small regional and remote areas. By connecting girls with relatable, inspirational female role models across a diverse spectrum of industries, we’re addressing their exact queries, concerns and curiosity around what these career pathways can offer.”
Skedulo’s Diversity Equality Inclusion & Belonging lead, Silvia Zhang, said, “We are very excited to be partnering with UNIQ You to bring inspiration to girls’ lives at such a young age and help close the gender gap. It is crucial that we ‘plant the seed’ at an earlier age so they know that a career in tech is viable for them. Just being exposed to the options that are out there will increase the likelihood of greater female representation in the tech industry and beyond.”
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, the Honourable Shannon Fentiman, has given her support to UNIQ You saying, ‘the Palaszczuk Government has made gender equity a policy priority. We are committed to inspiring and encouraging the community to embrace gender equity in all areas. I applaud UNIQ You for working to improve equality of opportunity for women and girls in the workplace by changing the conversation around what girls are capable of.’
UNIQ You is officially launching on Tuesday 16th November. The service aims to connect over 600 girls with 100 female advisors across 10 industries in the first year, with national expansion set firmly in their sights.
Founded in 2013, Skedulo is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Australia, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Skedulo’s leading Deskless Productivity Cloud solution powered by AI and machine learning empowers organizations to manage, engage and analyze their deskless workforce, supporting the 80% of global workers who don’t work in a traditional office setting. Skedulo’s platform helps enterprises intelligently manage, schedule, dispatch and support deskless workers on the go, whether they are in fixed location facilities or mobile field workers on the frontline. Skedulo has enabled hundreds of organizations, including The American Red Cross, DHL, and Sunrun, to seamlessly schedule and service over 35 million appointments worldwide. The company has secured over $115 million in funding to date, led by Softbank, Microsoft’s venture firm M12, Costanoa Ventures and Blackbird. For more information, please visit https://www.skedulo.com or follow @Skedulo on Facebook and LinkedIn.