Women, girls, Aboriginal people and people living in regional and remote locations will benefit from funding to boost the STEM skills of people under-represented in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) professions, through eight new community-based education projects through its new Digital and Technology Skills Program.
The program is an initiative under the State STEM skills strategy Future jobs, future skills — Driving STEM skills in Western Australia, which focuses on the skills needed to embrace new technologies and innovative work practices, enabling Western Australians to take on the jobs of the future.
Skills developed through this training will include areas such as coding, data analysis and geospatial mapping, and provide deeper knowledge about concepts such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence that can be applied to a range of industry areas.
Grants have been awarded to:
- City of Belmont ($21,896) for 'Film It!!';
- City of Bunbury ($30,000) for the Bunbury Library Makerspace;
- Fire Tech Camp Australia Pty Ltd ($147,007) for the Wirrpanda STEM Indigenous Project;
- Peel Bright Minds ($49,197) for the Peel Bright Minds Project;
- Shire of Murray ($30,000) for the Murray STEM Futures Project;
- Spacecubed ($210,000) for the She Codes Project;
- Winyama Pty Ltd ($70,000) for the Indigenous Mapping Workshop; and
- Women in Technology WA ($179,900) for the Techtrails [tech+] Future Skills Program.
"This Government believes that all Western Australians should have the opportunity to develop STEM skills regardless of age, gender, race or postcode.” Said Science Minister Mr Dave Kelly. "By supporting STEM education service providers outside the formal education system, we are opening up more avenues for Western Australians to build their skills and gain employment in a STEM future."
For information about training courses in STEM, and occupational profiles for STEM related job roles, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au
For information about the Digital and Technology Skills Program, please visit jtsi.wa.gov.au/digtechskills