5 September 2019 - Note Printing Australia proudly added a new milestone this week when its first ever all-female crew ran the Super Numerota III this week. Security Printer Jade McDonald led the team with Print Floor Operator Yvonne Claassen and Casuals Harneet Kaur and Bianca Martinov.
The team report having had a highly enjoyable week while dealing with the everyday challenges that high security printing brings.
“This week for me personally is a massive achievement considering when I started here at NPA Yvonne was the only other female in the Print Hall,” says Jade. “To now have the ability to have women run a week of production on a press is a perfect step forward for the future of NPA, and the culture shift in diversity in the trades areas.”
NPA currently employs 62 women or about 25% of its workforce.
The running of an all-female crew on the Super Numerota III also coincided with Women’s Health Week that is currently being run at Note Printing Australia. Women’s Health Week (WHW) is a global initiative and consists of daily activities that focus on specific women’s health issues and achieving better work-life balance.
The team spirit is clearly strong amongst NPA’s women and the support from the entire Print Hall evident from the enthusiasm expressed across the business.
“The stars aligned with the launch of Women’s Health Week and Jade leading the all-female team on Numerota. I’m extremely proud of the women in Operations and the increasing gender diversity which will no doubt continue,” says Head of Operations Dean Stephens. “Equality is such an important part of our day to day life and it is fantastic to see this welcome development at NPA.”
The milestone is likely to be the first of many as the number of women working as security printers grows in the Print Hall. Recently, NPA welcomed its newest Print Apprentice Carolina Higa Kanashiro and Printing Assistant Joanne Derman.
Says Jade, “I’m extremely proud and honoured to have been able to lead the first ever female crew down in the Print Hall. I also want to give a massive big shout out to Yvonne, Harneet, and Bianca for being an amazing team this week.”
The Reserve Bank of Australia’s Melissa Hope and Michelle McPhee delivered the opening addresses at the launch of Women’s Health Week on Monday, and throughout the week the daily health seminars have been very well attended.