Nominations close soon for transport scholarship for women


Time is running out for women to nominate themselves for the annual $10,000 transport and logistics scholarship

Time is running out for women to nominate themselves for the annual $10,000 transport and logistics scholarship offered by the Victorian Government.

Nominations for the Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Management Scholarship close on October 31.

Minister for Roads and Ports Tim Pallas says the program is designed to encourage more women to take up leadership and management positions in the freight, marine and logistics industries.

There is greater focus in the industry on attracting and retaining women in light of skills shortages and the fact women are underrepresented in transport and logistics.

According to statistics, companies with a diversified workforce are 30 percent more profitable.

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

"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.

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

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

"The winning recipient will receive funding to assist with further education and will also have the opportunity to work at the Department of Transport," he says.

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

Click here for more information on the Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Scholarship.

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