Scholarships provide expanded career options

Date: 18 January 2016

Training scholarships offered in second round of State Government program
One-off training scholarships of up to $3,000 provided

The State Government has awarded more than 100 training scholarships to women keen to establish careers in a range of trade and skill areas as part of a landmark project.


Training and Workforce Development and Women's Interests Minister Liza Harvey said these were offered through the second round of the expanding career options for women scholarship program, encouraging women into occupations in which they made up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce.


"The program is now in its second year and has attracted a high level of interest from women, with more than 200 scholarships offered through the program for training in 2015 and 2016," Mrs Harvey said.


"The program will allow women to take up training and provide them with greater career options in a range of trade and industry areas."


Following last year's application period, scholarships have been offered to women throughout Western Australia who are keen to work in a range of industry areas, including construction, electrical, horticulture, information technology, engineering, automotive, work health and safety, and residential drafting.


Offers have also been made to employers to fund apprenticeship and traineeship places.


The Minister said up to 400 scholarships, to the value of $3,000 each, would be available over four years to women over the age of 18 who have left school and undertake training at Certificate III level or above in more than 170 specified qualifications.  Employers offering an apprenticeship or traineeship to eligible women can also take advantage of the program.


Funds can be used towards costs associated with training, including learning resources, mentoring and fees, as well as for transport costs and childcare.


"The State Government has provided a key commitment of $1.2 million over four years to support women going into a range of trade and skill areas," Mrs Harvey said.


"We will continue to provide opportunities in training that equip West Australians with the best skills to get a job in the industries driving our economy."


Fact File

  • The scholarship program is supported by the Construction Training Fund
  • Applications for the 2017 round are expected to open in late 2016
  • For more information, visit  


Minister's office - 6552 5900

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