Women in energy and manufacturing grants recipients announced

Ten recipients share $1.32 million to boost gender equality.
11 June 2024
Women in energy and manufacturing grants recipients announced

Projects that boost women’s participation and equity across energy and manufacturing industries will roll out across the state thanks to the Women in Energy and Manufacturing funding program.

Continuing the work towards gender equality in Victoria, the grants support programs that focus on:

  • clear and attractive career pathways
  • access to education and training
  • economic equity and leadership opportunities
  • workplace culture, diversity and wellbeing.

The grant recipients are: 

  • National Electrical and Communications Association (NECA) Education and Careers to deliver the WaTT+ program to support leadership advancement of women electrical apprentices and the WaTT EDGE project providing gender equality training to educators to foster more inclusive training environments
  • Australian Workers’ Union to deliver the Job Ready and Ready for Advancement project to develop workplace gender equality training for manufacturing and energy employers, pilot culture change initiatives in partner workplaces, and support women members into trade-based roles
  • Whittlesea Community Connections, to deliver the Redefining Women’s Work in Hume and Whittlesea project to support women who face compounding barriers, particularly multicultural women, to engage in careers in manufacturing and energy jobs through skill building opportunities, peer networking and tailored career support
  • Women’s Health in the South East to deliver the Nice Work If You Can Get It project that is focused on improving women’s retention in apprenticeships through partnering with Chisholm TAFE to conduct a gender impact assessment on their manufacturing apprenticeship programs and build capacity of TAFE leaders and employees
  • Clean Energy Council to deliver the Showcasing the Women in Victoria’s Energy Transition project that aims to showcase women from diverse backgrounds working in renewable energy in different roles and stages of their careers through a State-wide social media campaign to highlight the exciting career pathways available to women in renewable energy
  • Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union to deliver the Women in Manufacturing program by partnering with manufacturing employers to pilot family-friendly shifts, boost the advancement of women from low-paying jobs into leadership positions, deliver educational forums on improving workplace culture to small-to-medium sized enterprises
  • Gippsland Women’s Health to deliver the Towards Gender Mainstreaming in Renewable Energy in Gippsland project to develop a toolkit and provide tailored support for energy businesses in Gippsland to implement gender equitable policies and procedures
  • Women’s Health Grampians to deliver the See What You Can Be / Act on Site in the Wimmera project, a whole of workplace culture change program, for manufacturing and energy businesses in Wimmera focusing on recruitment policies, procedures and wraparound supports for women
  • Ai Group to deliver the Apprentice to Leader Program that supports advancement of women in manufacturing and energy sectors across Victoria through engaging apprentices and mid-career workers in leadership workshops and peer to peer mentoring
  • Geelong Manufacturing Council to deliver the Big ideas: Boosting Implementation of Gender Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access project to address structural workplace barriers by providing education and developing gender equitable workplace policy templates for manufacturing employers located in Geelong.

For more information, visit Women in Energy and Manufacturing funding program