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More Indooroopilly electorate women could be on building sites or operating heavy machinery, with scholarships giving them the right qualifications to move into traditionally male dominated industries.

Scott Emerson said the Queensland Government’s Supporting Women Scholarships applications for the 2015 academic year would help further learning and career opportunities for local women.

“The LNP Government is very focussed on creating opportunities for Queenslanders by growing a four pillar economy and the scholarships are an important part of our election promise,” Mr Emerson said.

“The Supporting Women’s Scholarships offer women of all ages and backgrounds up to $20,000 to pursue study or training.

“The scholarship can be used for a variety of study-related expenses such as fees, textbooks and course materials.

“By enabling more women to gain these qualifications, we are boosting their prospects now and helping to create the jobs of the future.

“I encourage local women to apply to the scholarship program, whether they are intending to study at a Queensland university or a registered training organisation.”

Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek said a highly skilled and motivated workforce was important for Queensland to build a stronger economy.

“Supporting Women Scholarships aim to increase the role of women in agricultural and environmental studies, architecture and building, engineering, earth sciences and information technology,” Mr Langbroek said.

“Queensland needs a highly skilled and motivated workforce to build a stronger economy, and increasing women’s participation rates across our workforce will help us achieve that goal.

We’re working closely with business to ensure Queenslanders have the right skills and training to get a job.

“Our strong plan is putting Queensland back on track so we again become the nation’s leading economy.”

Mr Langbroek said since the program’s 2013 launch, 246 Queensland women had received more than $4 million to support their training or study.

“Previous recipients acknowledge the part scholarships have played in helping achieve their ambitions and the third year of the program promises to help even more Queensland women,” he said.

Recipients are provided up to $5,000 each year (for full time study) for vocational education and training, undergraduate degrees and post graduate qualifications.

Applications for the 2015 academic year open from today (11 August 2014) until 10 October 2014.

For more information about the Supporting Women Scholarships program, visit www.supportingwomen.qld.gov.au.