WOMEN IN STEM: Russell Addison of Golden West will be helping apprentices work with local businesses.
WOMEN IN STEM: Russell Addison of Golden West will be helping apprentices work with local businesses. Jessica Bahr

Apprenticeships offering STEM opportunities for young women

IN YEARS gone by, careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) related fields were largely limited to males.

Today, however, businesses around Dalby are working to change that.

Business owners who are interested in partnering with school-based traineeship and apprenticeship employment programs can become involved now with a new federally funded Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program that is due to commence this month.

Due to run until November 2018, Golden West Apprenticeships' Women in STEM program will select six female students from the Chinchilla and Dalby high schools to participate in a school-based engineering traineeship.

Russell Addison, operations manager for Dalby Golden West, said he was very excited to be able to offer the new opportunities for young women.

"This is the first time we have run this particular program, but we have had some girls doing fitting and turning apprenticeships, as well as boilermaking apprenticeships, and I know there are some local girls doing diesel fitting as well, so it's starting to get recognised that females can do these particular trades,” he said.

"I think it's essential that businesses think about other options and not just the same old males taking on these traditional roles...I think the females have got a lot to offer in those roles.”

"We encourage anybody who is interested to speak with their schools, and we've got a 'Try a Trade' day coming up where they can get their hands dirty and get a feel for what may be involved in the trade.”

"From our perspective it's also about encouraging businesses to get on board and be involved in giving girls these opportunities, and help them have a look at careers that can be available to them through the Engineering trade and we've had quite a positive response.”

For more information contact Russell Addison via phone on 4662 1410 or email raddison@goldenwest. org.au, or call Darren Smith on 4688 9000 or email dsmith@goldenwest.org.au


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