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New grants set to close gender gaps in energy and manufacturing

The Allan Government is set to continue closing gender gaps across the workforce, with grants to help the male-dominated energy and manufacturing sector better attract women.

The $1.3 million in grants will address barriers to women’s advancement and labour shortages in Victoria’s renewable energy transition.

Minister for Women Natalie Hutchins today announced that 10 organisations in Victoria will receive a grant through the Women in Energy and Manufacturing program.

“Supporting women to enter, stay and progress in energy and manufacturing careers is a win, win situation for women and Victoria’s industry employers.

“These grants support better economic outcomes for women, help organisations address skills shortages in some of Victoria’s strongest growth sectors and contribute to driving greater gender equality across the state,” said Hutchins.

Traditionally, barriers like inflexible working arrangements, a lack of paid parental leave, gender discrimination, sexism and sexual harassment have prevented women from entering these industries.

Among the grant recipients, the National Electrical and Communications Association’s (NECA) education and careers arm will receive $200,000.

With these funds, NECA will provide gender equality training for educators and support the leadership pathways for women apprentices.

Women’s Health in the South East will receive $150,000 in funding to run the ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ campaign in partnership with Chisholm TAFE.

This campaign aims to build the capacity of educators and industry teams to improve employment outcomes for women.

The Australian Workers’ Union will receive $191,400 in funding to develop training for manufacturing and energy employers, pilot culture change initiatives and transition women into trade and technical roles.

This is the second grant round as part of an overall $2.7 million investment to boost women’s participation and equity in manufacturing and energy.

This forms a key part of the Labor Government’s response to the Inquiry into economic equity for Victorian Women.

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