John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

John McVeigh MP

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McVeigh calls for more women in STEM

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh has used the International Day of the Girl Child to encourage local businesses, not-for-profits, education and research organisations to apply for grants to inspire more girls and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

Dr McVeigh said the Federal Government earlier this week announced the second round of the Australian Government’s $8 million Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) grants program.

“It is vital that all Australians are equipped with the skills they need for the jobs of the future, but in particular we need to get more girls and women engaged with STEM in schools, universities, TAFEs and in the workforce,” Dr McVeigh said.

“This is something that I passionate about,” he said. “I recently visited Kingsthorpe State School during CSIRO Science Week and spoke to the children about the importance of STEM in our future jobs market.

“We need to encourage our youngest and brightest to have an interest in science and technology and it important that we encourage them to look at future careers in STEM subjects.”

Dr McVeigh said the WISE program supports activities to get girls and women interested and involved in STEM education and careers including developing entrepreneurial skills and professional networks to pave the way for more Australian women to start their own businesses.

“The first round of WISE grants saw approximately $4 million awarded to a diverse range of projects including coding workshops for teachers and primary school girls, networking and mentoring for female entrepreneurs in rural and remote Queensland, drone flying and many other programs,” he said.

“Eliminating barriers for women to participate in STEM careers is a key aspect of the WISE program. The Government understands the importance of ensuring our young women have female role models in science and research for inspiration.

“I have five daughters of my own and they have all undertaken tertiary education in various fields. They have the opportunity to pursue any career they want and they at some stage have drawn on the inspiration of other female role models to take those first steps in their careers.”

Applications for round two of the WISE program closes on 15 November 2017, and the successful projects will be announced in early 2018. 

To apply or for more information, go to business.gov.au/wise


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