Queensland’s skilled workforce continues to expand and diversify, after more than 120 women took their first steps yesterday (March 21) towards a successful career in traditionally male dominated industries.
Attending a presentation ceremony at Parliament House, premier Campbell Newman welcomed the first round of recipients of the state government’s Supporting Women Scholarships program, stating that they will help to grow the state’s economy.
“This scholarship program is shaping education and training pathways for women to help alleviate skill shortages in some of the state’s core growth industries, including building services, agriculture, engineering and information technology,” Mr Newman explained.
“The benefits of this program are two-fold, encouraging women to access employment opportunities in high demand fields and producing more skilled Queenslanders to strengthen the labour force.”
Minister for education, training and employment John-Paul Langbroek said the initial round of scholarships were worth more $2 million, with a further 374 scholarships on offer over the next three years.
Mr Langbroek went on to say that while most of the recipients had secured the grants straight after completing school, the scheme was open to women of all ages – encouraging more people to enrol in apprenticeships in Queensland.
The scholarships provide up to $5,000 each year for up to four years of study to assist with study related costs such as program fees and course materials.