A new round of grants are now open to drive equality in the workplace according to the Victorian Government.
Minister for Women, Natalie Hutchins, has announced a further $1.3 million is now available for organisations through the Women in Energy and Manufacturing Funding Program.
This program, according to Hutchins, will support organisations with attracting, recruiting and attaining women.
“We want women of all ages, backgrounds and identities to have the careers they want – which is why programs like this, are so important,” said Hutchins.
“I encourage all organisations that want to help more women get the job they want in the these traditionally male-dominated industries to apply.”
The first grants round supported a range of initiatives including mentoring programs for women run by the National Association of Women in Operations through virtual group and one-on-one sessions and school awareness campaigns for solar energy careers run by Australian Women in Solar Energy.
It also supported the Women in Trades project run by the Australian Manufacturing Union, which delivered a series of trade demonstration events, employer site visits and career expos with employers such as Nestle to attract young women to exciting careers and opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
Women are reported to account for just 32 per cent of Victoria’s manufacturing sector, and 33 per cent of the electricity, gas, water and waste services industries. The figures are even lower for women working in trades.