AN EXTRA 60 women have signed up for an engineering apprenticeship in Mackay over the past year, new figures show.

Training Minister Shannon Fentiman said the number of female engineering apprentices in Mackay had tripled in the past 12 months, with skills and training set to play a big role in the state’s economic recovery.

She said more women were pursuing training in traditionally male dominated trade industries such as automotive, construction and engineering.

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“In comparison to this time last year, 32 per cent more women are in engineering training

across Queensland,” Ms Fentiman said.

“As our economy transitions, Queensland will need more skilled workers in high growth

industries so it’s great news to not only see increases in enrolments, but that more women

are actively pursuing this career pathway.”

Ms Fentiman and Mackay MP Julieanne Gilbert recently visited Austbore in Mackay to meet with five young apprentices, who are all undertaking their qualification for free.

They are part of the 1300 young people in the Mackay and Whitsunday region who have taken advantage of the State Government’s free apprenticeships initiative.

“This initiative, along with free TAFE, will help so many of our young people get the training

and skills they need to get into the industries that are in-demand in our region,” Mrs Gilbert said.

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For more information about the free apprenticeships for under 21s initiative, visit here.

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