Automation and globalisation will fundamentally change the Australian workforce. The jobs of the future will increasingly demand skills in STEM to provide the innovation and creativity needed to develop technologies and find solutions to current and future problems.
The Academy for Enterprising Girls, funded under the Australian Government's Future Female Entrepreneurs Program, aims to encourage more girls aged 10-18 to pursue entrepreneurship and associated STEM education (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) by harnessing their natural inclination to solve problems.
To ensure Australia’s next generation has the skills to run their own businesses or transform the industries in which they will work, AEG is designed to give girls a clear pathway to success and encourage them to develop critical STEM skills.
If you have a daughter, know a young female interested in the program or are a parent, teacher or other - head to the website here: www.enterprisinggirls.com.au
The FFEP grant
The Academy for Enterprising Girls is is funded by a $3.7 million grant to the Future Female Entrepreneurs’ Program from the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet’s Office for Women as part of its 2018 Women’s Economic Statement. The program is administered by the not-for-profit Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA) in order to create links between small and large businesses, technology companies, educators and community groups. The mission is to create more pathways for young women to become the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
The objectives of the grant are to fund:
The development of a digital platform to provide a one stop shop for new and existing resources and programs on entrepreneurship, STEM, financial literacy and digital skills targeted towards the needs and interests of young women and girls; and
The development and facilitation of nationwide digital and in-person training to enable more young women and girls to engage in entrepreneurial activity.
The Future Female Entrepreneurs Program Grant is matched by funding from industry to underscore the multidisciplinary approach to female entrepreneurship.
By working with government, STEM industries, and business, Australia can supercharge the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The Australian Government is committed to promoting women's economic security, workforce participation, women's leadership, and advancing women in STEM, as well as delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goal #5 of achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. These commitments underpin and drive the Future Female Entrepreneurs Program.