Preparing women for STEM jobs of the future

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery joined Girls in STEM on Friday, an event aimed at increasing female participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Western Australia. 115 students from 11 schools in Perth attended the annual expo at North Metropolitan TAFE in East Perth, gaining valuable insight into vocational education and training (VET) pathways available for girls in STEM.

Students heard from female professionals and industry leaders about their career journeys and participated in STEM activities such as animation, civil engineering, mining, lab technology, horticulture, software development and building design. As part of the State’s STEM Strategy Future jobs, future skills introduced in May this year, the McGowan Government has announced a range of initiatives. Most recently a $738,000 Digital and Technology Skills Program to boost STEM skills of science, technology, engineering and maths professions.

Girls in STEM is a partnership between North Metropolitan TAFE and the Department of Education’s Marine Industry School Pathways Program, funded by the Commonwealth Department of Defence to facilitate and support student STEM pathways to defence industry careers. 

Speaking at the event, Minister Ellery said "STEM is an exciting, diverse and constantly evolving field. Encouraging young women to participate in STEM is part of the Government’s long term plan to build Western Australia’s STEM capacity. We need to ensure that all Western Australians are equipped with the right skills to grow the State’s economy and provide jobs for the future.” 

For information about STEM training and careers, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.

Page last updated July 28, 2020