ABC launches 2016 Women in Broadcast Technology scholarships

ACKNOWLEDGING the International Women’s Day #PledgeForParity, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has launched the 2016 Women in Broadcast Technology (WIBT) scholarships.

ABS deputy director of technology, Margaret Cassidy said the scholarships aimed to attract the best talent and provide greater opportunities in a technical workplace. The ABC is offering eight women across Australia studying a technology-related discipline “an invaluable hands-on opportunity to experience the fast paced and rapidly evolving broadcast media environment”. 

ABC Technology employs technologists based in all eight states and territory capital cities and provides scholarship opportunities’ at all of these locations.

The unique scholarship opportunity includes a $1000 book allowance and four weeks paid work experience alongside leading technical engineers at the ABC.

“As well as ambition and a passion for the industry, the other essential pre-requisite we’re looking for is that our female applicants are currently enrolled in an electrical or communications engineering, electro-technology or computer systems/shared technology related course at TAFE, university or registered training organisations,” Ms Cassidy said.

“Women are under-represented in technology teams across Australia. As an equal opportunity employer, the ABC aspires to nurture a diverse and people-focused culture.”

Ms Cassidy commended the #PledgeforParity movement on social media, “whether it be to help women and girls achieve their ambitions, call for gender-balanced leadership, respect and value difference, develop more inclusive and flexible cultures or root out workplace bias”.

Entries for the 2013 Women in Broadcast Technology Scholarships close on May 6, 2016.

Twitter:  #WIBT2016 and updates @ABCWIBT.


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