Women to take on men in mining

The Queensland Government is offering $20,000 to encourage more women into the mining industry.

The traditionally male-dominated mining sector is set for a gender shake up after the Queensland Government announced a scholarship program for women who study and go on to work in the industry.

State Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek announced 500 scholarships of up to $20,000 were on offer.

The scholarships will help women looking to study in the areas of agricultural science, architecture, engineering, geological science, building services and information technology, The Bulletin reported.

With women still representing less than half of the overall workforce in the mining industry, the money on offer is set to encourage women to take on their male counterparts.

Increasing the amount of female workers has long been identified by businesses and the Government as an important strategy in tackling the skills shortage.

CEO of Brumby Resources Alison Morley told Australian Mining in May that it’s up to people in the industry, men and women, to work towards changing the perception of women working in any capacity in the industry.

“It’s about giving women the opportunity to sell themselves more, to put themselves up for promotion. To skill up and go for it.”

Langbroek said the move will boost the number of females working in the sector.

"This is a great opportunity to boost female participation in traditionally male-dominated industries and train more skilled workers for the areas that need them most," he said.

Scholarships for study are available from Certificate IV through to postgraduate levels.

For more information and application forms visit www.skills.qld.gov.au/supportingwomen.

Applications close this Friday October 12.

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