Scholarships to help women enter transport industry

Transport Women Australia Limited (TWAL) and Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific are calling for applications for a scholarship program developed for women already in or wishing to join the transport industry.

As part of the initiative, TWAL said it will be offering scholarships to four women this year.

The scholarships are intended to either enable women already in the industry to undertake a course that will advance their careers; or give other women the chance to become part of the industry.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific President and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, said the TWAL ‘Driving the Difference’ scholarship program could help make a real difference.

“These scholarships are an effective way to expand opportunities for women to explore career pathways and growth within what is still a male dominated industry,” said Whitehead.

The program opens on 3 September and the closing date for applications is 31 October 2020.

Scholarship recipients will be announced on 16 November.

According to TWAL Chair Jacquelene Brotherton, the organisation is proud to be able to join once again with Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific to present this second year of ‘Driving the Difference’ scholarships to enhance participation of women in the transport and logistics industry. 

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific is said to be the first commercial vehicle manufacturer to be accredited with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) in Australia.

The EOCGE classification is designed to encourage, recognise and promote an active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces, and is a voluntary leading practice recognition program that is separate to the Equal Opportunity Act.

The criteria focusses on preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination as well as targets for improving gender equality outcomes.

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

“Daimler is committed to leading the way with the promotion of gender diversity benefits and equitable practices in the trucking and transport industry,” he said.

For more information about the Driving the Difference Scholarship program contact Jacquelene Brotherton: chair@transportwomen.com.au or 0417422319.

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