Space work experience program to inspire students to shoot for the stars

Stephen Kuper

South Australian secondary school students will have direct access to the state’s burgeoning space sector, with a new pilot work experience program.

The Space Industry Work Experience Program is an initiative of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) and the Department for Education’s Advanced Technology Program.

It gives students the chance to undertake short-term placements during school holidays at selected local space companies, where they can learn more about the exciting opportunities across the high-tech and high-growth industry, set to boom across the state following the announcement that the Australian Space Agency will be based in Adelaide.

The program is available to students in years 10, 11 and 12 from both public and non-government schools. Applications will be open for students in July, and 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.

Premier Steven Marshall said the program gives students invaluable insights into the local companies now driving growth across the space industry nationwide.

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"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," he said. 

"Building a skilled space workforce is 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."

Education Minister John Gardner welcomed the program announcement and said the government was committed to skilling 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. 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," Minister Gardner said. 

For more information, visit https://www.education.sa.gov.au/teaching/projects-and-programs.

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