More than 100 students were hosted by the Naval Shipbuilding College at the Pacific Maritime Exposition in Sydney, to learn about future career opportunities and engage with industry.
In a first for the biennial event, the college hosted a STEMulation Trail for secondary and tertiary students from throughout Australia, where they engage directly with industry mentors about the jobs of the future and identify potential training and education pathways.
The Trail was supported by industry partners including ASC, BAE Systems Australia/ASC Shipbuilding, Lockheed Martin Australia, Luerssen Australia, Naval Group Australia and SAAB Australia.
The College also revealed a cutting edge, augmented reality exhibit which offers delegates an opportunity to interact with 3D models of the Attack class submarine, Hunter class frigate and Arafura class offshore patrol vessel.
The NSW Department of Education through its STEM Industry School Partnerships (SISP) Initiative supported the event by promoting it to our NSW schools assisting to make the event a huge success.
The SISP program also contributed by providing staff who acted as STEM mentors over the three days of the exposition. Thanks to Matt Scott, Ian Preston, Peggy Mangovski and Scott Sleap who all contributed their knowledge and expertise.
It highlights the skilled and high-tech priority jobs that will be generated throughout the national Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise and maps out how Australians can upskill to become job-ready. The STEMulation trial also provided students with advise on how to get involved in STEM careers more generally which will help drive the Australian economy.
Dr Scott Sleap SISP program Leader also attended the Naval Shipbuilding College’s National Skilling Breakfast where Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships Steve Irons was the keynote speaker. He was joined by the College’s Chief Executive Ian Irving, to address leaders from Defence, defence industry, government, education and training providers on the issue of ‘Skilling Our Naval Shipbuilding Workforce’.
“The STEMulation trail at Pacific 2019 was an outstanding success with students interacting with cutting edge technologies, accessing industry experts and visiting a working naval vessel the HMS Adelaide’ Dr Sleap said
“The SISP program is proud to be working with the College to ensure that NSW students will benefit from the Australian Government’s $90 billion investment into a continuous national Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise as this provides an unprecedented workforce development opportunity,’’ continued Dr Sleap
The Hon Melissa Price, Minister for Defence Industries meet with students who took part in the STEMulation trail. SISP program students Jessica and Jack Sleap from Maitland Grossmann High School welcomed the Minister during her inspection of the College’s augmented reality exhibit.
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