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While the representation of women in leadership roles has progressed over the last decade, this progress has been slow. Especially within the last two or three years. The latest findings from the Australian Government Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has revealed, that the representation of women within management roles decline with seniority. These findings are the latest to be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in regards to gender studies and include senior positions of non-public sector employers, the judiciary, federal and state parliamentarians and managers in the Australian Public Service.

“While women make up 48.85% of the Australian workforce only 27.4% of these women are key personnel and then again, only 15.4% of these women are CEOs or Heads of Business” WEGA stated.

Meanwhile, findings released by the These findings are the latest to be released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) at the beginning of this year in regards to gender studies painted a very similar picture:

“The Health Care and Social Assistance (37 per cent), Education and Training (36 per cent) and Administrative and Support Services industries (21 per cent) recorded the highest proportions of women CEOs, while there were very few in the Mining (3 per cent) and Financial and Insurance Services (4 per cent),” Lisa Connoly, a representative of the ABS stated.

Some of these findings come as no surprise; administrative and support service industries have always been dominated by female workers traditionally, while the mining industry has been predominantly male based.

What does become surprising (and somewhat alarming) is when you compare these leadership statistics to the overall number of women working in these industries. Career wise, women make up 42 per cent of the professional, scientific and technical services industry, 70 per cent of persons in education and training, 78 per cent of the health care and social assistance industry and 49 per cent of the public administration and safety sector.

This means that despite women workers making up the vast majority of many industries like health and education, only a select few hold managerial and leadership positions in these same industries.

These statistics indicate a clear gap between females entering the workforce and acquiring these high-level managerial positions and it is a gap that VM Learning is dedicated to bridge.

This August, VM Learning will be running our award winning Women as Leaders Program for the final time in 2016.  This program aims to address workplace statistics, through developing specific strategies for dealing with barriers for women in management. We also aim to make the program more relevant to the individual by analysing current opportunities within the job market and what they mean for both women overall and the individual.

Having this ability to personally connect and relate to the individual participants makes VM Learning’s Women as Leaders program so unique and worthwhile.

The program kicks off on the 17th of August and places are already filling up fast, so if you think this program would add value to yourself or a colleague don’t hesitate to call us on 07 3215 8888 or make an enquiry.