Training and Workforce Development Minister Liza Harvey said the State Government had committed $1.2 million over four years for the program.
“These scholarships will provide new opportunities for women to carry out training in a range of trade and industry areas including agriculture, automotive, aviation, construction, food, electrical, engineering, maritime and telecommunications,” Mrs Harvey said.
“These are highly sought-after skills which can lead to a diverse, challenging and rewarding career.”
The Minister said occupations where women make up fewer than 25 per cent of the total workforce were considered ‘non-traditional’ and it was these areas the Government was targeting through the scheme.
Up to 400 scholarships – over four years – to the value of $3,000 each, will be available to women over the age of 18 who have left school and who undertake training at Certificate III level or above in specified qualifications. Eligible women undertaking an apprenticeship or traineeship will receive $1,000, with $2,000 provided as an incentive for employers and to assist with training costs.
“These trades can be rewarding career options and women working in these areas can become role models for other women considering a career in these non-traditional trades.” Mrs Harvey said.
“Changing technology means many of these trades now require a different skill set, and may offer careers previously nor considered by women.”
The Minister said the scholarships would help promote and enhance the economic independence and leadership of women.