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STEM boost for women

Last updated: 15/02/2017 7:20 PM
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The next generation of female technology professionals have been given a funding boost, with $16,750 going towards an industry partnership with Women in Technology WA (WiTWA) and the Department of Local Government and Communities (DLGC).

The latest grant brings the total invested in the WiTWA industry partnership to $36,232.

The grant will support a suite of initiatives to encourage more women and girls to pursue education and careers in the traditionally male dominated science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields.

These programs advance the outcomes of the State Government's first Women's Consultative Forum that focused on encouraging more women and girls to take up STEM study and careers.

The funding will support four WiTWA initiatives:

  • Techtrails program - funding to expand the program designed to motivate secondary students to explore and pursue careers in technology
  • Techtrails for teachers - two half-day events for teachers and career advisers aimed at raising their awareness and understanding of career options in STEM fields available to girls
  • WiTWA Women Boardroom Series Industry Council - two round table events targeted at women aspiring to leadership and board roles
  • WITWA TechXchange - to support university students, women starting out in their careers, new migrants and women returning to work after a career break to attend these bi-monthly networking and information sharing events. 

Find out more about DLGC's work in the women's space.