Huge interest in scholarships for automotive sector women 

Almost 100 women have now registered their interest in a pool of scholarship funding to undertake leadership training and development with WLA as part of a new project specifically focused on supporting women in the automotive sector.

Known as the Elevate initiative, the venture is developed in partnership between St.George and WLA and is sponsored by Women in Automotive Australia (WinA) and Toyota Motor Corporation Australia. The scheme provides women working in Australia’s auto sector the opportunity to develop their leadership and management skills as part of two exclusive, industry specific cohorts commencing early next year.

A company spokesperson said, “At Toyota Motor Corporation Australia, supporting diversity and inclusion is important to us. We want to create the ‘Oh what a feeling’ experience for our Toyota community and therefore, we’re proud to partner with WLA on the Elevate initiative. Diversity of thinking enables diversity of solutions - we need to continue to support and develop female talent within the automotive industry to ensure that women can achieve their full potential.”

Thanks to the three corporate sponsors, 19 of the 50 program places are now fully funded, and 31 are partially funded (covering 50% of tuition).

Betti Tovishazy, General Manager of Client Solutions for WLA, said of the initiative, “We are delighted to have Toyota Motor Corporation Australia coming on board as a Silver Sponsor for this initiative.

“I am excited by the many applications that have come through in recent weeks and am looking forward to welcoming a distinguished group of women into these leadership courses.”

Women working in a huge array of roles throughout the sector have already applied, including sales directors, marketing managers, business developers, dealership owners, workshop technicians, HR and recruitment managers, parts technical specialists and service consultants. WLA and Elevate’s corporate sponsors are excited to be able to support women with such a diverse range of talents and specialties to undertake these leadership programs.

Under the initiative, select women auto sector employees are able to participate in either the Executive Ready program (a 7 month program for mid-managers and leaders) or the Leading Edge program (a 5 month program for early-career managers).   

St.George, Women in Automotive and Toyota’s involvement demonstrate their commitment to tackling the fact that fewer than 15% of the total people employed in the automotive industry are female, and women represent only 8% of automotive industry executives.

Expressions of interest close on 29th November. Women working in the sector can find out more and register here:

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