Non-traditional training urged
■ Local training provider Pilbara Institute is encouraging local women to apply for the latest round of training scholarships in non-traditional trade and skills areas.
The expanding Career Options for Women scholarships will be available to women over 18 who have left school and undertake training at Certificate III level or above in 170 specified qualifications.
Pilbara Institute managing director Marlene Boundy said the funds could be used to cover costs associated with training, including learning resources, fees, transport costs and childcare.
“Scholarships are available for both individuals and employers,” she said.
“Courses such as carpentry, engineering and electro technology all feed into jobs that are non-traditional for women — meaning women are represented by less than 25 per cent of the workers in that industry.”
“A full list of courses available under this scheme can be found on DTWD’s website.”
Member for North West Central Vince Catania MLA said the State Government had invested $1.2 million over four years to provide 400 scholarships to the value of $3,000 each.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for regional women to gain the best skills to get a job or advance their career in industries driving the Western Australian economy,” he said.
The scholarship program is supported by the Construction Training Fund.
For further information, visit www.dtwd.wa.gov.au or call the Pilbara Institute for advice on courses in non-traditional trade and skills areas.
Applications close on October 31.
The Pilbara Institute is encouraging local women to apply for training scholarships to pursue non-traditional trade and skills areas.