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Lab61 celebrated at CME’s Women in Resources Awards

Lab61 was recognised as one of 18 finalists in the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia’s Women in Resources Awards.

Australia’s first female and indigenous led skills, training and education facility was a finalist in CME’s Outstanding Company Initiative Award, in recognition of Lab61’s Robotics Skills Hub.

The Women in Resources Awards were held on Friday evening at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Lab61 was born through Nexxis, an innovative technology and service provider, offering end-to-end bespoke solutions for customers in industries including mining and energy, around the world.

CME Women In Resources award finalists.

Lab61’s Executive Director, Natalie De Silveira said she was honoured the organisation had been recognised at the awards and and paid tribute to the vision and dedication of the entire team.

“Lab61 is proudly 100 per cent female and indigenous led and we are passionate about influencing, educating and inspiring the next generation – particularly underrepresented groups including females – in the rapidly emerging fields of robotics, engineering and technology,” she said.

Since launching in April 2020 with a foundation robotics academy for Year 5 to 6 students, Lab 61 has had more than 50 students participate in its programs, more than half of them female.

Lab61 was established in response to the robotics and technology industry’s observed skills gap and the growing need to access a diverse and highly skilled workforce.

“Skills and industry demand are moving so fast. Sometimes graduates may finish with a degree but lack the practical experience and application in an employment setting – Lab61 bridges the gap.”

The Women in Resources Awards recognise the power of gender diversity in the WA mining and resources sector and highlight the significant efforts of individuals and companies to continue progress in this area.

Bringing robotics, students and industry together, Lab61 is focused on helping prepare our future engineers to be industry ready.

The organisation also works with companies, governments and individuals to help them adapt faster to understanding and using new robotics and technology.

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