The Clean Energy Council is inviting applications for a new scholarship program for women interested in building a career in the renewable energy industry, as a way of improving the gender mix in clean energy boardrooms.

Clean Energy Council chief executive Kane Thornton said the organisation would fund a successful female applicant from the renewable energy sector to complete the Foundations of Directorship course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“Men far outnumber women in all areas of the renewable energy industry, and this scholarship funding is designed to help increase female representation on the boards of companies and organisations year on year,” Mr Thornton said.

“Gender diversity is an important issue, and as the peak body for the renewable energy industry it’s important that the Clean Energy Council develops and leads initiatives such as this to maximise opportunities for professional women in our sector.

“There are no quick fixes and this is a complicated issue, but we are committed to a range of initiatives to address the imbalance.”

The Foundations of Directorship course is delivered over three full days and is available in most capital cities. The study days can be completed consecutively or separately, depending on individual preference.

The course is valued at $3500 and the successful applicant will also receive a one-year membership to the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an offer of mentorship from a Clean Energy Council director.

“If you are committed to a future in the clean energy sector, and are a strategic thinker who enjoys learning new skills, I would strongly encourage you to apply for the Clean Energy Council’s Developing Women Directors Scholarship,” Mr Thornton said.