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    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Gold Coast girls encouraged to try on a hard hat

    Community Services, Housing and Women
    The Honourable Karen Struthers

    Tuesday, September 13, 2011

    Gold Coast girls encouraged to try on a hard hat

    Young women in Upper Coomera have the chance to try on a hard hat for a job in construction, mining or manufacturing thanks to a Girls in Hard Hats event today.

    Minister for Women Karen Struthers will speak with around 20 students at the Upper Coomera College encouraging them to think about jobs in non-traditional industries.

    The program provides opportunities for young women to consider a career in non-traditional employment and undertake an apprenticeship or training to become plumbers, electricians or undertake tertiary study to work as engineers.

    Albert MP Margaret Keech will join the Minister for the visit, promoting the Girls in Hard Hats initiative which expands on the Women in Hard Hats program by giving students an insight into non-traditional careers.

    Ms Keech said the government was urging women to have greater economic security by accessing the opportunities and benefits offered by traditionally male-dominated industries.

    “We want to support women and students to choose the career they want, not the career that others expect them to follow,” Ms Keech said.

    Ms Struthers said around 140,000 skilled workers are needed in the mining and energy sectors in the next three years alone in Queensland.

    “These industries need women. It is no longer a choice. Trade careers for women need to be a reality not a novelty,” Ms Struthers said.

    “Recruiting women is a win-win, as they represent the largest untapped talent pool available to employers needing to address their skills shortages.

    “It is important we provide opportunities to our young female students to see what it would be like to work in those fields.

    Media Alert
    Minister for Women Karen Struthers will visit Upper Coomera College with Albert MP Margaret Keech to speak with students as part of the Girls in Hard Hats program, an initiative to encourage girls into non-traditional employment in industries such as mining and construction.
    Where: Upper Coomera College, 137 Reserve Road, Upper Coomera
    When: 1:15pm

    Media Contact: Kelly Murphy 0447 780 454