Victoria Minister for Ports Denis Napthine
Women Encouraged To Consider A Career In Freight
Victor P Taffa
The Victorian Government is encouraging women to consider a Career in Freight to help address workforce shortages in the sector, by offering a $10,000 Scholarship to study in freight, logistics and/or marine-related fields.
Minister for Ports Denis Napthine said with a tight recruitment market and growing skills shortages, the freight industry needed to attract a broader demographic to the sector.
“Data shows the freight workforce is dominated by male employees and it is ageing more rapidly than other industry workforces.” Dr. Napthine said.
“With the approaching exit of baby boomers we need to think more broadly and strategically about how we can recruit new staff to the freight industry.”
“Freight has always been a male dominated environment but we are keen to make women aware that there is a diverse range of career opportunities available to everyone and we would like to see more women moving into the freight sector.” Dr. Napthine said.
A Report by the Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council found that women represented 27 % of the transport and logistics workforce compared with the average across all industries of 44 %.
The Minister said the Victorian Government’s Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Scholarship was an initiative aimed at encouraging women to consider a career in freight.
“Previous winners of the scholarship have gone on to successful careers as managers within the industry, and we want to continue this trend to inspire and encourage more women to do the same.” Dr. Napthine said.
“We want to remind women to take advantage of this great opportunity and encourage possible future leaders in the industry.”
The Scholarship is open to any Victorian postgraduate student commencing or completing her studies and is awarded on the basis of relevant work experience, academic merit and commitment to a career in the industry.
Applications for 2011 close on Friday 25 March 2011.