The Queensland government is urging young women to consider a job in construction, mining, or manufacturing. Minister for Women Karen Struthers said women could help fill some of the gaps in the growing skills shortage problem plaguing the mining industry. Struthers said around 140,000 skilled workers were needed in Queensland’s mining and energy over the next three years.
Expanding on the Government’s ongoing Women in Hard Hats program, which encourages women to be involved in the mining and construction industries, Struthers met with students at Upper Coomera College yesterday. She said the mining and energy sectors needed the involvement of women if they were to continue expanding. “These industries need women, it is no longer a choice” she said. Struthers said trade jobs for women werer needed in the modern workplace. “Trade careers for women need to be a reality not a novelty.”
Albert MP Margaret Keech accompanied Struthers for the visit, and said women could access greater economic security be taking advantage of 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,” she said. Struthers said under the Women in Hard Hats program at least 20 women would be trained and placed in jobs at BMA coal mines in the Bowen Basin, earning over $80,000 a year.
She said women would become an important part of future recruitment for the Australian mining industry. “[Women] represent the largest untapped talent pool available to employers needing to address their skills shortages,” she said.