$10,000 scholarship for women in freight and logistics

Victorian Government calls on all women with an interest in the area of transport and logistics to apply for annual $10,000 scholarship

October 12, 2010

The Victorian Government is calling on all women with an interest in the area of transport and logistics to apply for its annual $10,000 scholarship.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas says the Women in Freight Logistics and Marine scholarship aims to boost the number of women in senior roles in the traditionally male-dominated industries.

He today also announced the 2010 scholarship has been awarded to Monash University’s sustainable transport officer Clare Davey, for her work on the new Clayton campus bike station.

"Ms Davey was a standout winner for her work to deliver Monash University Bike Arrival Station, partly funded by a more than $430,000 grant from the Brumby Labor Government," Brumby says.

Currently undertaking a Master of Traffic at Monash University, in addition to her full-time job, Davey says she has a passion for traffic engineering.

"I wish to pursue a career in the field primarily because I enjoy the work, from the theory to its application and the analysis of each project I complete. It is very rewarding," she says.

Pallas says it’s estimated that women represent just 24 percent of the transport and logistics workforce and there are even fewer in management positions.

"This number has actually declined over the past decade, down from 25 percent in 1999. While more women are undertaking courses relevant to these industries, relatively few choose to pursue a management career path," he says.

"Encouraging more women to undertake education and training in the transport and logistics area will be key to ensuring more women choose this career path and ultimately take on management roles."

The scholarship is open to any post-graduate student commencing or completing her studies in a field relating to the freight, logistics and marine industries. It 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 women to gain experience and insights into the freight, logistics and marine sector," Pallas says.

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

For further information visit www.transport.vic.gov.au/freight. Applications open today and close on Friday, 25 March, 2011.

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