AN INNOVATIVE program aimed at getting young women interested in the range of careers in transport has been launched, and will be rolled out Australia-wide this year.
Developed as a joint resource between Girl Guides Australia and Transport Women Australia, the aim of the program is to highlight the range of career opportunities and pathways available in transport and allow Girl Guides to tackle a range of activities to complete their Create a Challenge Wheels Badge. Within the Girl Guides framework, which allows girls to undertake challenges and learn a variety of things to obtain a badge upon completion, the program provides an opportunity to learn how transport careers are linked to a range of other skillsets including engineering, information technology, human resources and science.
Transport Women Australia has been instrumental in developing the program through the production of an activity and colouring book which allows girls to compete a range of activities highlighting a range of transport-based jobs.
Transport Women Australia's Pam McMillan said the idea was to get girls thinking about a career in what has traditionally been seen as a male-dominated industry.
"We (TWA) are always thinking what we can do for the industry and came up with something a bit different," she said.
"We contacted Girl Guides who thought it a great idea and we put the program together and developed the book with help from across Australia."
Illustrated with cartoon pictures, the activity book has been developed with
a range of word-find, crossword and colouring-
in activities, all of which highlight potential employment options.
Within the program participants can investigate a range of transport-related topics and undertake a number of activities, such
as investigating how transport plays a vital
role in everyday life,
through to vehicle design/art, and applied sciences such as learning about GPS technology through to road and vehicle safety.
With such a range of diverse study and career options available these days, Mrs McMillan thinks the program will inspire girls to maybe consider something they may not have previously.
"We wanted to keep it relevant to the industry. Transport is not just about driving trucks and if some girls can look and think, 'Wow I can do this as a career path', then that will help bring more women into the industry."
The program was launched in late 2017 with the North Albury Girl Guides one of the first to take on the program, with 2018 seeing a further roll-out across other Girl Guide units in Australia.
Mrs McMillian is confident that the book and the program with the Girl Guides will be a success.
"We are doing something tangible and on completion the girls will have that knowledge and the list of jobs that they might stay with them and aspire to. We will be really happy if that happens."