Applications are now open for the Australian Government’s $24.8 million Women in STEM Cadetship and Advanced Apprenticeship Program.
The government announced this program in the 2020-21 Budget as part of its second Women’s Economic Security Statement.
The initiative will support up to 500 women who want to upskill or build a career in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) to gain the skills they need to succeed while continuing to work in paid employment.
Employers will receive grants of up to $5,000 each year for every employee in the program, in recognition of the costs associated with flexible working arrangements. Higher education providers participating in the program will also receive grants to deliver eligible STEM programs.
Applications to participate in this program can only be made by higher education providers. Employers interested in participating in this program should contact eligible higher education providers to discuss course options that meet an employer’s needs, and potentially support a higher education provider’s application.
To be selected for participation in this program, higher education providers need to apply by 5pm AEST on December 18, 2020 to ensure courses can commence from the beginning of the 2021 academic year.
Further information about the program can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website, including the Frequently Asked Questions page.