The Minister of Industry, Innovation and Science Greg Hunt MP announced today that he has awarded a Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Grant of $240,000. This programme will be led out of the CBR Innovation Network who is one of twenty-four grant recipients nationwide.
The funding will go towards creating an out of school 10-week programme for girls in Canberra and the surrounding region. The programme will be run four times over a two-year period and is designed to develop STEM and entrepreneurial skills that enable career pathways for women to enter into these fields.
The programme aims to increase confidence and interest for girls at an age that will enable them to make real choices in their Year 11 and 12 subjects. The activities in this project include skills workshops, career presentations, field trips, connections with female STEM mentors, role models and speakers.
Dr Sarah Pearson CEO, CBR Innovation Network said ‘young women make up only 16% of those studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and only 16% of entrepreneurs are female in Australia. This is a shocking inefficiency as time and again it is shown that women are at least as successful and in many cases more successful than their male counterparts in these areas.’
Women are underrepresented in STEM related studies and professions, this programme will assist in addressing the gap in developing skills, confidence and knowledge of STEM and Entrepreneurship pathways for young women in the Canberra area.
‘This programme will help young women see that they can change the world, grow our economy, solve our biggest challenges and build companies; at a time when they make their study choices which can either enable them to grow through rewarding careers, or lock them out of the high growth jobs of the future’ said Dr Sarah Pearson CEO, CBR Innovation Network.