South Australia has launched a work experience program to give secondary students a taste of the state’s booming space sector.
Premier Steven Marshall said this would give students the chance to undertake short-term school holiday placements at selected local space companies.
He said there they could learn more about the exciting opportunities across the high-tech and high-growth industry, set to boom across the state.
The Space Industry Work Experience Program is open to students in years 10, 11 and 12 from both public and non-government schools.
“South Australia now has such a vibrant and thriving space ecosystem, with the Australian Space Agency, SmarSat CRC, Mission Control and Space Discovery Centre all to be housed in Adelaide,” Premier Marshall said.
“The investment in this exciting high-growth sector stimulates our economy, and will see incredible opportunities for young South Australians, encouraging them to stay here in our state.”
He said building a skilled space workforce was crucial.
“We need to encourage students to take up STEM-related careers and we need to ensure graduates take full advantage of the exciting jobs that will be created from these incredible opportunities we’ve attracted to our state,” Premier Marshall said.
Education Minister John Gardner said the government was committed to skilling our students for the jobs of the future.
“This program is a valuable opportunity for students to get some real world experience as they think about being part of our future space industry workforce,” he said.
Minister Gardner said 10 space companies had already registered to participate in the program.
“Education will play a vital role in developing our space industry. The Marshall Liberal government is committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the skills sets that the industry needs so our young people are best placed for jobs in the future,” he said.
Applications open for students in July.
Successful students will work alongside a mentor at South Australian space organisations for two to three days during either the term three or term four school holidays.
Participants will gain personal insight into the space industry, understanding of skills and qualifications required, opportunities to meet people in the space industry and inspiration to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Space Industry Work Experience Program is an initiative of the South Australian Space Industry Centre and the Department for Education’s Advanced Technology Program.
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