Host spotlight - ANSTO
Congratulations to ANSTO (Australia's Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) for winning HVTC’s Host Innovation Award for 2020.
ANSTO is the home of Australia’s most significant landmark and national infrastructure for research. ANSTO works across areas such as health, the environment and the nuclear fuel cycle to find solutions to some of the biggest questions in science for the benefit of all Australians.
To find these solutions ANSTO operates much of Australia’s landmark infrastructure including one of the world’s most modern nuclear research reactors, OPAL; a comprehensive suite of neutron beam instruments; the Australian Synchrotron; the National Research Cyclotron; and the Centre for Accelerator Science.
ANSTO also provides the Australian and international community with products and services to improve human health, support industry and protect the environment, such as a range of radiopharmaceuticals that can help medical practitioners to make an accurate diagnosis of an illness or to therapeutically treat diseased organs or tumours.
One of the reasons ANSTO has been chosen for this Award is its forward-thinking approach to diversity and inclusion. ANSTO currently host 11 HVTC apprentices of which one is Indigenous and six are women working in non-traditional trade roles. This equates to 54% female participation. Part of the reason ANSTO has been so successful in this space is because of the maintenance facility Apprenticeship Program, where in the last 12 months ANSTO have identified positions for women in non-traditional roles to join the company within the maintenance workshops. Investing in a program that specifically targets minority groups is a clear demonstration of the organisation’s dedication to improving workplace equality and inclusion.
Since 2007, ANSTO have hosted 67 HVTC apprentices and trainees with a completion rate of 96%. We are proud to work with an organisation that is not only committed to getting results, but also giving everyone a go.