Applications open for transport scholarship for women

Victorian Government opens applications for transport and logistics scholarship for women

The Victorian Government is accepting applications for the Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Scholarship program, an initiative designed to encourage women into leadership roles in the transport and logistics industry.

Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas says the annual scholarship allows women to take up leadership and management positions in a number of sectors.

Established in 2000, the program grants recipients $10,000 to fund further study and the opportunity to work with the Department of Infrastructure’s Freight, Logistics and Marine division.

According to the Victorian Department of Transport, there has been a three percent drop in the number of women in managerial roles in the freight, logistics and marine industries since 2006.

"The Brumby Government recognises the benefits of promoting career paths for women in these important and vibrant industries," Pallas says.

"We believe it is important to promote the recruitment of women into the freight, logistics and marine sector and assist them in reaching their potential.

"Reports estimate that women currently represent only 27 per cent of the transport and logistics workforce and there are even fewer in management positions.

"Attracting and retaining more women is now recognised as a priority because of the balance and diversity it brings to the workplace."

The scholarship is open to any postgraduate student commencing or completing her studies in a field relating to the freight, logistics and marine industries.

Applications for the 2009 scholarship opened on September 1.

The scholarship is awarded on the basis of relevant work experience, academic merit and commitment to a career in the industry.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for young women to gain experience and insights into the freight, logistics and marine sector," Pallas says.

The 2008 scholarship was recently awarded to Tessa Mahon who is studying a Masters course in Marketing with a focus on supply chain logistics.

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