THE one thing the mining industry really needs, according to the state government, is women.
And it's offering up to $20,000 to reel them in.
State Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek has announced 500 scholarships of up to $20,000 over four years for women who study and go on to work in male-dominated industries.
The scholarships are also aimed at attracting women into areas such as agricultural science, architecture, engineering, geological science, building services and information technology.
"This is a great opportunity to boost female participation in traditionally male-dominated industries and train more skilled workers for the areas that need them most," Mr Langbroek said.
Scholarships are available to support study from Certificate IV through to postgraduate level.
For more information and application forms visit www.skills.qld.gov.au/supportingwomen. Applications close this Friday October 12.
See tomorrow's edition of The Morning Bulletin to read about one Central Queensland woman's story of life in a male-dominated industry.