Women in Freight Scholarship: apply now

Applications are now open for the Victorian Government’s annual $10,000 Women in Freight, Logistics and Marine Management scholarship.

Roads and Ports Minister Tim Pallas said the scholarship was designed to encourage more women to take up leadership and management positions in the freight, marine and logistics industries.

“Reports estimate that women currently represent only 27 per cent of the transport and logistics workforce and there are even fewer in management positions.

“Attracting and retaining more women is now recognised as a priority because of the balance and diversity it brings to the workplace,” Mr Pallas said.

Any postgraduate student commencing or completing her studies in a field relating to the freight, logistics and marine industries is eligible to apply.

Key criteria of the award would be relevant work experience, academic merit and commitment to a career in the industry.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for young women to gain experience and insights into the freight, logistics and marine sector,” Mr Pallas said.

“The winning recipient will receive funding to assist with further education and will also have the opportunity to undertake work at the Department of Infrastructure.”

The 2008 scholarship was awarded to Tessa Mahon, who is studying a Masters course in Marketing with a focus on supply chain logistics. She completed a year in the logistics division at GM Holden and had a graduate trainee role at the security product manufacturing plant of Assa Abloy in Oakleigh.

“We believe it is important to promote the recruitment of women into the freight, logistics and marine sector and assist them in reaching their potential,” Mr Pallas said.

Applications close on 31 October 2008.

For further information on the scholarship, visit: www.transport.vic.gov.au/freight

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