Women urged to join our miners

YOUNG Queensland women are encouraged to try the hard hat on for size and consider a career in construction, mining or manufacturing.

Minister for Women Karen Struthers announced yesterday the Girls in Hard Hats initiative would expand on the current Women in Hard Hats program by providing opportunities for female high school students to gain an insight into non-traditional female careers.

"Women are a vital resource in the workforce and it is important we provide opportunities to our young female students to see what it would be like to work in those fields," Ms Struthers said. "We want to encourage high school girls from Years eight to 12 to consider non-traditional education and career pathways.

"Through the Girls in Hard Hats initiative, we will be holding events across Queensland in which girls can participate in panel sessions, career information expos and practical skills workshops."

Tomorrow will see the Gold Coast host a two-day career expo for young women interested in 'hard hat' careers, followed by a Girls Careers Seminar, at Stretton State College (south of Brisbane) next Tuesday.

Ms Struthers said both events would give young women the opportunity to explore careers in non-traditional industries.

"Women can bring a broad range of skills to the mining, construction, science, engineering and technology fields and have already been achieving great success in all levels of business. Recruiting women is a win-win, as they represent the largest untapped talent pool available to employers needing to address their skills shortages," she said.

"We want Queensland women of all ages to have real opportunities to access the benefits and prospects in these industries.

"Our Women in Hard Hats, and Girls in Hard Hats initiatives support women and female school students to consider non-traditional education and career pathways."

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