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Supporting more women into trades

Supporting more women into trades

The Queensland government has committed $10 million towards supporting more women into trades.

Women are venturing into male dominated fields more and more in this day and age.

What once was a rarity to see a female in a technical trade such as engineering, is now becoming more common.

Misconceptions surrounding women working in traditionally male dominated areas have proven to be false. Females are just as apt as their male counterparts at maths and science, leadership, management and laborious tasks.

However, while gender equality within the workplace has improved dramatically over the years, it still has some distance to go.

And the Queensland government has recognised the importance of encouraging more women into trade fields with the introduction of its $10 million scholarship program.

State premier Campbell Newman said the multimillion dollar investment would provide more opportunities for women to enter into male dominated professions through programs such as adult apprenticeships.

“Female enrolments in the areas of engineering and architecture lagged well behind those of males with 408 women enrolled in engineering in Queensland last year compared to 2,923 me,” Mr Newman commented.

“The LNP government will be funding $10 million of university scholarships in traditionally male dominated careers and skills shortage areas such as engineering, agricultural science, geology, architecture and building services courses.”

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