NODE Eyde Women is a strategic project to enhance women in hard-hat companies in the southern parts of Norway, The project was initiated by GCE NODE, a Global Center of Excellence for the oil and gas industry, and the Eyde Cluster, a cluster for the process industry in Norway. We aim to promote women in the manufacturing and petroleum related industries, to advance female leaders, to increase the knowledge about women in hard-hat jobs, and to offer a network of female professionals. We organize events and visits to companies in the Agder counties, we visit 9th graders and talk about job opportunities, and we organize an annual family day at the Science center (Vitensenteret) in Arendal. We partner with the University of Agder (UiA), the municipal and county governments in Agder, as well as other stakeholders, to make Sørlandet and the GCE NODE and NCE Eyde member companies attractive places for women to work, and in the long run, hopefully enhancing the quality of life in the region, and improving the regional offering of skills and workforce development.
Our network of 400 and more women meet at our events, or take a more active part in the network by participating in one of our groups. We have several groups: NEW Faces organize school visits, and offer presentation skills and pedagogy trainings to the ambassadors. NEW Mentor is a cross-cluster initiative to partner women from our companies with experienced professionals from another industry, through a mentorship program. NEW Arena is a series of events offered to all women in our companies, from business visits, to family days and social gatherings like NEW Get Together. NEW Communications support our strategy through reputation management and membership communications, and furthermore help each group achieve their participation targets, by giving exposure to our diverse activities through our various communications channels, such as our Facebook page, our web page, and our newsletter. Although no longer an active group, NEW Facts was a project to gain knowledge about gender diversity issues and women in the GCE NODE and Eyde companies.
We would love to hear from you, whether you are considering joining a group, you want to participate at one of our events, or you simply want to learn more about us. The leader of NEW, Annette Olsen, of BW Offshore, may be reached via e-mail.
PS. Although our page is in Norwegian, most of us work in international businesses, and are quite comfortable speaking English, so don’t let language be a barrier – join us at Node Eyde Women!