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Building a generation of Enterprising Girls

Girls graduating from an Enterprising Girls workshopWhat do you want to be when you grow up? It’s the question all young people are asked at some point. You can still be a firefighter, a doctor or a ballerina but even those jobs now need completely different skill sets and knowledge with changes in technology and the way in which the world operates.

The Academy for Enterprising Girls (AEG) is an innovative entrepreneurship program designed to cultivate design thinking, coding and business skills among young women. The program will be delivered via both a self-paced online learning program and an in-person workshop program held in 50 locations across Australia.

The Academy has been designed as a one-stop-shop platform accessible to ALL young Australian women with engaging content aimed at developing an entrepreneurial mindset. The digital platform will combine newly created materials supplemented with existing industry resources – all in one easy location.

The program is co-funded and supported by the Australian Government and been developed in consultation with education providers, young girls themselves and industry – in order to build the best foundations for entrepreneurial mindsets among young women.

Women are critically under-represented across all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions and Australia is facing a significant shortfall across the pipeline of essential STEM skills. STEM skills will underpin innovation and economic growth at a national level, and at an individual level, workers will be increasingly required to develop their technological and entrepreneurial skills of problem-solving, critical thinking and communications to prepare for the future of work.

As the central provider, 89 Degrees East on behalf of COSBOA, is keen to keep engaging and building relationships with industry and interested businesses. There are a number of ways in which this could happen depending on the level of engagement being sought.

  • Linking relevant information and other resources – such as other coding programs, educational links or tools – via the Academy online platform
  • Engaging with the program by contributing to an expanding array of our inspiring stories about enterprising women, achieving change in their businesses or creating new ways of thinking (e.g. if your business has a woman with an entrepreneurial story to tell).
  • Work with 89 Degrees East to create additional content including non-core educational modules or media content to share information on the program
  • Simply share the Academy for Enterprising Girl website or social content through your channels – individually, professionally or institutionally.

These are just a few suggestions; if you have other ideas about how you’d like to work with the Program please contact us via the form below.

This is an opportunity to prompt young women to explore stimulating and successful career opportunities and to turn everyday workplaces into thriving businesses. This program will provide AEG graduates with the skills needed to secure their own economic future and for Australia to build greater resilience and creativity in our workplaces.

The women in this course are your future customers and employees – in order to participate at either end of the economic spectrum, young people will need these skills. The Academy is a perfect opportunity to build on your existing corporate social responsibility program or begin contributing to your future consumers or employees.

By working together, we can ensure Australia’s next generation of businesswomen have the skills to run their own businesses or transform the industries in which they work.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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