The Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, today announced two scholarships to encourage more young women into flying careers with the Royal Australian Air Force.
The Royal Australian Air Force, in association with the Australian Women Pilots’ Association, is funding the scholarships worth a total of $9500 to assist women expand their skill base and career potential within the Air Force.
Mr Snowdon said the scholarships form part of Air Force’s ongoing Gender Diversity Strategy, aimed at increasing the number of women in non-traditional employment roles, such as technical and aircrew employment fields.
“Air Force is already implementing a range of strategies to increase the attractiveness of a career with the RAAF and to boost retention rates of women, including promotion and progression pathways, support networks, and education initiatives supporting mothers in non-office careers.
“These Royal Australian Air Force scholarships are a great opportunity for recipients to build on their careers and take to the sky as a pilot, a role which is still predominately male,” he said.
“Experience shows women make fine aviators, currently there are 19 female pilots with the RAAF and 32 female pilots across the entire ADF.”
The scholarships are for females aged between 16 and 24 years and will assist the successful applicants with flight training costs.
Application forms are available from the Australian Women Pilots’ Association website: www.awpa.org.au
Applications close 31 January 2012.
Marcus Butler (Minister Snowdon) 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
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