As you know, young women in Australia consistently do better than young men in secondary school, they but are less likely to get jobs in the high-income, in- demand fields of careers based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) or in the skilled trades.
To encourage girls, in secondary school to consider a career in what are now male dominated occupations and industries we have produced an online resource http://www.security4women.org.au/rolemodels/
The site will be launched in April and will provide young students with the opportunity to hear about the benefits and challenges of these careers from women actually working in the jobs.
We are happy to receive feedback on the site.
The website will be launched via the media and via letters to relevant Ministers in the Federal, State and Territory governments.
Once launched, we are also seeking your assistance in promoting it to secondary schools through your members, networks and other associations.
The resource ‘Girls can do anything’ highlights:
Why eS4W developed the resource
- some of the many women working in ‘non-traditional’ jobs,
- points to the pathways to these jobs and
- includes links to a range of innovative programs that encourage girls to explore all careers
Through this website we aim to assist young women to convert their school success to career success in non-traditional occupations and industries.
The rationale for the website is based on the research for eS4W by WAVE that found innovative careers' exploration practices in Australian schools have resulted in good outcomes for some girls and young women exploring STEM and trades based occupations. This research underpinning eS4W’s report to government, also demonstrates the value of highly visible female role models and mentors from STEM and other non-traditional occupations and industries; that they are crucial to broadening the career aspirations and expectations of young women.
How the resource can be used
The ‘Girls can do anything’ website has been developed for young women in secondary school.
Career guidance teachers, other career development practitioners, parents and grandparents can use it as a resource to encourage young women to explore ALL career and work opportunities.
Your opportunity to be involved in the project
The website we initially launch is not the final product and is not intended to be.
Our aim has always been to populate the site with enough role models to be interesting and engaging, before launching it.
We hope the site will then remain current with additional role models, changing faces and updated information that may include your organisation.
Our aim is also for the site to be a one-stop shop with links to current and new projects and organisations that support girls and women to explore work in these occupations and industries.
If relevant, this might be the place for a link to your organisation.
The launch will be via AAP multi media release in the third week of April (Wednesday 22nd).
This lead-time will give us the best opportunity to do a great job of promotion with our limited resources.
You may want to use the launch as an opportunity to promote the work you do.
Please contact me if you are interested in any aspect of promotion.
Why is eS4W doing this?
‘Women into male dominated occupations and industries’ is one of the key issues eS4W members identified towards improving women’s long-term economic security and increasing gender equality in Australia. We see this resource as one step towards that goal, which builds on the previous work of the alliance in this area.
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