CASTHOUSE: SPECIALIST PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
“I expected Tiwai to be just a factory, but it’s so much more than that.”
Jamiee first came to Tiwai as a student
She arrived in the summer of 2014 – a time when women in operations were a rarity. She’d applied to be a policewoman and had plans to work at the smelter during her application process.
Jamiee ended up liking Tiwai so much that she pulled out of the police force and accepted a role in the Casthouse, where she currently works alongside her dad. Today, not only has the number of women employed at NZAS risen to 10%, Jamiee is 'kinda' her dad's boss.
Traditionally, Tiwai has been a male-dominated workforce
NZAS has put in a massive effort to increase the diversity of staff over the last few years. Nearly 25% of the Casthouse is made up of women, where Jamiee says her team are constantly looking for new and better ways to do things.
“When I first started – having dad around was a great motivator – because I didn’t want to let him down. It set a work ethic in me I knew he’d be proud of.”
The Casthouse has won awards for their innovations - some of those innovations have been rolled out in other smelters around the world. “We’ve got heaps more women working at the smelter who can do the work just as well as men and it’s great to see,” says Jamiee.