LNP to boost local women into skills shortage professions

LNP Candidate for Burnett, Stephen Bennett has welcomed the LNP’s commitment to boost female enrolments in traditionally male-dominated careers providing up to 500 university places for Queensland women in areas of skills shortage.

“The LNP’s Strengthening Our Communities – Supporting Women program will fund up to 500 places at university in courses such engineering, agricultural science, geology, architecture and building services courses,” Mr Bennett said.

“I’m proud to be part of an LNP team which will boost support for women – not just in frontline services for mothers but also in key areas such as science and technology training.

“This will open doors for our local women to pursue careers in these traditionally male-dominated areas. Whether they’re school leavers, women looking for a career change that will make a difference or mums re-entering the workforce, these scholarships will help.

“This is part of the LNP’s plan to grow a four-pillar economy and cut unemployment to 4 per cent.

“A CanDo LNP Government will give local women real opportunities by investing $10 million to over four years for university scholarships in traditionally male dominated careers and skills shortage areas.

“The LNP will help more women to enrol in these courses with 500 scholarships of up to $20,000 over four years.”

The scheme will target young women starting their career and those re-entering the workforce after having children.

Mr Bennett said the tired, 20-year Labor government had failed Queensland women.

“Labor’s has failed women. Labor’s Office of Women spends almost all of its money on internal administration, instead of front line services that help women.

“Local Labor Candidates have stood by and looked on as Anna Bligh and Labor helped their dodgy ALP mates with jobs and obscene success fees – they’ve given almost no assistance to young Queensland women to support them in tertiary study.

“In contrast the LNP will deliver real and practical support to help get women in to professions that are currently dominated by men.

“It’s time for a change. A strong and united LNP Government will get Queensland back on track.”