Program To Boost Women In STEM-Related Jobs

Tehan Will Launch Women In Stem Program That Offers An Industry-Supported Higher-Education Diploma Or An Advanced Diploma In STEM

Program To Boost Women In STEM-Related Jobs
By Robert Bolton

The importance of science, maths, engineering and technology for women’s employment has been underlined with a $24.8 million federal grant. On Monday, Education Minister Dan Tehan will launch a new Women in STEM program that offers an industry-supported higher-education diploma or an advanced diploma in STEM –which is expected to produce 500 graduates. “Australia needs more women working in science, technology, engineering or mathematics to help drive our COVID-19 recovery,” Mr Tehan said. “Our government has a plan to address the underrepresentation of women in STEM, where currently less than a third of the STEM-qualified workforce are women.

Education providers will receive grant funding if they deliver eligible STEM programs, and employers will get up to $5000 a year per employee. The government has been pushing for more female participation in infrastructure and defence projects. Project controller at ASC Shipbuilding in South Australia, Tayesha Papa, who is working on the Hunter Class frigate project, said one of the biggest hurdles was showing girls at school that there were many options in engineering jobs.

This news was originally published at AFR