The Victorian Government is seeking to engage more women to work in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) jobs through a series of programs, initiatives and events.
Women in STEM fields are under-represented in Australia, according to the Victorian Government, which is investing $1.37 million to develop the STEM Centre of Excellence at the Science Gallery Melbourne.
The centre will be aimed at Victorian secondary school students looking to explore STEM career opportunities.
It will introduce students to new and emerging industries and job prospects in STEM fields through machines, industry-grade labs and access to researchers.
The Victorian Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford launched the state government’s STEM map, which is an online resource designed to maximise STEM engagement for girls and women.
“We’re helping more Victorian girls and women get involved in STEM so they can access a world of opportunity and build great careers that benefit the community,” Pulford said.
The STEM map is currently available online.
Victorian Lead Scientist Dr Amanda Caples said the map provides further opportunities for women to seek STEM opportunities.
Through initiatives like the Women and Girls in STEM Map, we’re giving our women and girls every opportunity to kickstart a career in STEM,” she said.
The Victorian Government currently funds 10 Tech Schools that encourage women and girls to build a STEM career.
Australian STEM jobs are predicted to grow faster than all other occupations by 2023.