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Men apply for energy jobs marked for women

AAP logoAAP 17/11/2016 Helen Velissaris and Kaitlyn Offer

You've got to have balls to apply for a job advertised only for women.

More than 100 men have handed in their resumes for the positions of five trainee operators and five apprentices advertised strictly for women at EnergyAustralia's Yallourn power station in Victoria.

EnergyAustralia executive Mark Collette told a Senate committee on Wednesday they were hoping to increase their diversity and employ their first female operators and apprentices at the plant.

But when asked how many men had applied for the job, Mr Collette was honest.

"Over 100 so far," he said.

The jobs are still being finalised, but Mr Collette said in total more than 500 people had applied for the five female operator roles, with a couple of hundred more for the apprentice roles.

The company says half of the senior management team is female and many fill a variety of operational roles across the power station, but none work as plant operators or apprentices.

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