The Territory Labor Governmentis investing in a new initiative aimed at boosting gender diversity in one ofthe NTs most important professions aviation.
Just 15 per cent of Australianpilots and 1.9 per cent of aircraft engineers are women and demand for both isexpected to increase dramatically over the next 20 years as the globalaeronautics industry continues its rapid expansion.
Closer to home, on theNorthern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List, pilot is listed as a highpriority profession, while aircraft engineers are an industry priorityoccupation.
This month, the TerritoryLabor Government is sponsoring Aviation Australias Women in Aviation Roadshow,which will visit Darwin and Alice Springs to encourage school girls and womenlooking for a career change to consider the field.
Attendees will have theopportunity to meet successful women in the industry to gain an insight intothe profession, to ask questions in a Q&A forum and to obtain informationon career pathways, including the vocational education and training availablein schools.
Quotesattributable to Minister for Workforce Training, Selena Uibo.
The Territory LaborGovernments number one priority is jobs for Territorians and we are proud tosponsor Aviation Australia as they work to increase the representation of womenin the aviation industry.
The Northern Territory has,for a very long time now, been dependent on air travel to support a broad rangeof its industries and we are glad to invest in any initiative that willincrease the pool of skilled aviation professionals in the Territory.
We also want Territorians tobe able to know what pathways they can take to ensure they are suitably skilledto step into any role they may aspire to.
Quotesattributable to Aviation Australia Instructor Emma Mahoney.
Aviation Australia believes that diversity in theworkplace creates a more productive and innovative environment due to thevaried backgrounds and experiences of its team members.
Women in particular are an asset to any aviation business,they often take a differing approach that can bring new solutions to improvingworkplace efficiency and capabilities.