reposted from Wealth Creator Magazine
Working women who don’t have qualifications are being given a boost by the government to enhance their career prospects, in an effort to advance the female workforce. Australia’s mentorship program for working women, My Mentor, has partnered with Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, and the Federal Government to help women access a $4000 contribution to mentoring and a qualification in business.
The grant will enable women throughout Australia, with no formal business qualifications, to undertake vocational education training and/or RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) assessment to achieve a Certificate IV in Business, valued at $2500.
“Women need not be scared by the thought of studying, as Recognition of Prior Learning through the TAFE program will mean that many of their existing skill sets and experience will earn them credit toward the Cert IV program,” said Maureen Frank, Emberin Managing Director, and My Mentor creator.
Ms Frank is urging organisations that employ women with no formal business qualifications to take advantage of the $4K government grant to support the professional development of their female staff, a group who have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line.
“The cost to Australian companies losing their female employees is around 1.5 times the salary they are paid – for some organisations this is millions of dollars every year,” she said.
Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE will work with women anywhere in Australia who are Australian residents, via on-line study methods to help them complete the Certificate IV in Business, valued at $2,500.
“The balance of the $4K funding can then be used to pay for the My Mentor program, any other adjunct learning’s required to complete the Certificate or into a pool within the organisation to support the training and development needs of other women,” Ms Frank said.
With the funding likely to be cut from July 1st 2008, interested ladies who sign up prior to that date will be eligible to commence their study later in the year with the $4000 grant being paid to their employer for their training needs.
Consisting of a DVD, CD and comprehensive workbooks, it was developed to combat the serious issue faced by women in the workforce leaving to have children or to achieve better workplace conditions and mentorship.
by Joanne McCulloch
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