Scholarship support offers resource employers top women recruits  Skills Connect fin

The Australian Women in Resources Alliance (AWRA) and Skills Queensland are inviting resource employers to support an important scholarship program by providing practical support to talented women eager to break into male-dominated industries.

The Supporting Women Scholarships are offered by the Queensland Government to assist women to undertake study, and ultimately employment, in fields traditionally under-represented by women and experiencing skills shortages.

Employers are invited to register interest to support scholarship recipients throughout their studies, by a establishing a relationship with a scholarship holder and providing addition practical support.

Practical support might be any of:

  • providing work experience or vacation work
  • offering a recipient a graduate position
  • extending invitations to recipients to relevant industry or professional networking events
  • supporting professional development, such as sponsoring a scholarship recipient to attend industry events such as awards nights, or other opportunities
  • sponsoring student membership of a relevant professional association or peak body
  • providing site tours to expose scholarship recipients to real workplaces
  • enabling students to “shadow” someone in your workplace for a day or two, or
  • support mentoring by a member of your team, and/or
  • funding additional scholarships to increase the numbers studying in your field.

AWRA Program Manager Gina Meibusch said the scholarships bolster the pool of talent and provide skills-strapped industries such as resources the ability to reap the benefits of increased participation of women workers.

“Resource employers have the opportunity to attract future employees, contribute to real skills and experience of graduates and show support for women working in non-traditional fields,” Ms Meibusch said.

Rod Camm, Chief Executive Officer of Skills Queensland, welcomed the support of AWRA.

“These scholarships target areas of resource industry skills needs, including engineering and geology. Real experience in the workplace is critical to helping the scholarship recipients to succeed. The AWRA network has a unique opportunity to engage with and develop their future workforce through this partnership and the Supporting Women Scholarships.”

The scholarships, worth up to $20 000, are provided to women for up to four years while they study at any level from Certificate IV to postgraduate, in any of the following areas:

  • agricultural science,
  • architecture,
  • building services,
  • engineering,
  • geology, or
  • information technology.

Applications for the first round of scholarships closed in October 2012 and recipients will be ready to engage with resource companies soon after March 2013.

For more information about the scholarships go to www.skills.qld.gov.au/supportingwomen and to discuss partnering opportunities contact:

Skills Queensland
(07) 3836 0015
[email protected]
AWRA
(07) 3210 0313
[email protected]