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Daimler establishes women based scholarship program

A new scholarship program for promoting women in the commercial road transport industry has been announced this week by Transport Women Australia Limited and Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific.

Four women will be given the opportunity to undertake a course to improve their knowledge and advance their career as part of the 'Driving the Difference' scholarship in 2019.

The awardees will be named at the Transport Women Australia Limited 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner in November.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, said the company is proud to work with Transport Women Australia Limited to sponsor the initiative. 

“The sponsorship is an example of Daimler’s ongoing commitment to providing continued support of expanding opportunities for women to explore career pathways and growth within a male dominated industry,” he said.

The program opens 16 September and the closing date for applications is 31st October 2019.

According to Jacquelene Brotherton, Transport Women Australia Limited Chair,  the group is excited about the ‘Driving the Difference Scholarship’ program.

“We are very proud to bring these scholarships to this industry in collaboration with our partner, Daimler Truck and Bus,” she said.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific recently became accredited by the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (ECOE).

ECOE, whose leadership team is entirely female, is an Australian Government organisation committed to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces.

It is considered a voluntary leading practice recognition program outside of the Equal Opportunity Act.

Whitehead said Daimler Truck and Bus is firmly committed to attracting and retaining gender diverse talent and achieving true gender equality and pay equity.

“Although the commercial vehicle industry has traditionally been dominated by men, we can change that by leading the way with the promotion of gender diversity benefits and equitable practices,” he said.

Daimler Truck and Bus is a company within the German-based Daimler multi-national automotive corporation.

(Image: Jacquelene Brotherton and Daniel Whitehead).

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