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Sydney, May 26: Following the success of its mentoring programs for women, organisations Western Sydney Women and Mentoring Women will be rolling out its Women in Aviation, The Future is Bright and Ladies Who Lead initiatives nationwide to raise awareness of and support entry into aviation careers.
Set to launch in New South Wales, starting with a Ladies Who Lead program in June, followed by a rollout in Queensland and Victoria, the programs will target high school-aged girls and women with mentoring, resources and opportunities to realise their aviation career goals, all free of charge.
The women and girls will be supported by experienced female mentors in aviation to build the connections, knowledge, and confidence they need to succeed. 
“In the Future is Bright in Aviation program, we are empowering high school-aged girls to pursue rewarding careers in STEM, with a focus on aviation,” Founder Amanda Rose said.
“Likewise, Women in Aviation is aimed at women in their mid to late 20s not currently studying or working in the industry to get a head start on their dream job in aviation. However, Mentees can be both studying aviation or completely new to the industry.”

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On top of months of extensive mentoring by experienced mentors in aviation, participants will be offered access to extensive resources and opportunities to realise their aviation career goals, all free of charge.
Not just limited to piloting an aircraft, aviation has a diverse range of career pathways that include engineering, maintenance, administration, security, technology, teaching and more.
One such example is Women in Aviation program manager Georgia Wales, who first began working in cyber security for Qantas before going on to complete her Commercial Pilots Licence in 2020. 
Though female pilot numbers are increasing, the existing gender gap is significant and the barriers to entry for women are still quite high.
The International Society of Women Airline Pilots (ISWAP) estimates that as of January 2020, there are only 9,746 female airline pilots, making up 5.26 per cent of the total. 
Of these, only 2,630 (1.42 per cent) are captains.

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Data shows that across the board, women in the aviation world are chronically underrepresented in a field where there is a constant demand for highly skilled professionals.
The skills shortage in aviation is a driver of multiple government initiatives to shore up the number of trained workers, with women being a key demographic for extra funding and support. These programs are a continuation of the Federal Government’s Women in Aviation Initiative to encourage more girls and women to consider the aviation industry as a career. 
“Aviation is an area that is still very much male-dominated, but we hope to change that so more women and girls can have the opportunity to experience the challenges and triumphs of an aviation career,” Rose said.
“With current and future demand for more workers to fill these roles, this is an area where many women could potentially thrive.”
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