Truck manufacturer Daimler has teamed with a the leading group representing women in the Australian transport industry, Transport Women Australia, to establish a new scholarship program for women in, or wanting to join the transport industry.

As part of this initiative,Transport Women Australia and Daimler will be offering scholarships to four women in 2019.

The scholarships enable women within the industry to undertake a course that will advance their careers or expand their knowledge to enhance their current position, or give other women the chance to become part of the industry.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific president and CEO, Daniel Whitehead, says the company is proud to work with Transport Women Australia Limited to sponsor the ‘Driving the Difference Scholarship’ as part of its continued focus on gender equality.

“The sponsorship is an example of Daimler’s ongoing commitment to providing continued support of expanding opportunities for women to explore career pathways and growth within a male dominated industry,” Mr Whitehead says.

There will be four scholarships awarded this year with the winners announced at the Transport Women Australia 20thAnniversary Gala Dinner on November 16, 2019.

The program opens on 16th September  and the closing date for applications is 31st October 2019.

Transport Women Australia chair, Jacquelene Brotherton, says the group is excited about the ‘Driving the Difference Scholarship’ program.

“We are very proud to bring these scholarships to this industry in collaboration with our partner, Daimler Truck and Bus,” Ms Brotherton says.

Daimler Truck and Bus Australia Pacific recently became the only commercial vehicle manufacturer to be accredited with the WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (ECOE).

The EOCGE classification is designed to encourage, recognise and promote an active commitment to achieving gender equality in Australian workplaces and is a voluntary leading practice recognition program that is separate to the Equal Opportunity Act.

The criteria focusses on preventing sex-based harassment and discrimination as well as targets for improving gender equality outcomes.

Mr Whitehead says Daimler Truck and Bus is firmly committed to attracting and retaining gender diverse talent and achieving true gender equality and pay equity.

“Although the commercial vehicle industry has traditionally been dominated by men, we can change that by leading the way withthe promotion of gender diversity benefits and equitable practices,” Mr Whitehead says.

For more information about the Driving the Difference Scholarship program contact Jacquelene Brotherton chair@transportwomen.com.auor 0417422319.