Non-tra­di­tional train­ing urged

Pilbara News - - Education - Court­ney Fowler

■ 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.

Pic­ture: Pil­bara In­sti­tute

The Pil­bara In­sti­tute is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal women to ap­ply for train­ing schol­ar­ships to pur­sue non-tra­di­tional trade and skills ar­eas.

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