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management. Australian Aerospace has sought to extend this relationship
through a number of short-term agreements, however, the SADI scheme
is now closed (all funding for 2009/2010 has been allocated) until the
beginning of the new Financial Year.
Australian Aerospace has undertaken significant up skilling of its workforce.
However, because of in-house professional development programs within
Australian Aerospace before the introduction of SADI, they were not able to
exploit program funding to any significant level – instead it has self funded
its education and training programs.
Australian Aerospace supports the Queensland Government Gateways
Schools Program where 25 schools teach Aerospace subjects in Year 10, 11
and 12. The primary focus of attention is the Aviation High School located
in Hendra, Queensland. Additionally, Australian Aerospace has a number of
less formal links into universities in Queensland and Victoria. The company
has been a keen supporter of Aviation Australia, which produces aircraft
tradespersons for Australian Aerospace and has provided Industry input into
curriculum from time to time.
Australian Aerospace has also been an active participant in the
Co-operative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED) program,
which provides industry placements for university students in a wide variety
of disciplines. By participating in this industry-based training, students gain
credit points towards their degree.
The company says it has taken the opportunity to train a range of staff
in a number of areas. For example, at one end of the spectrum, Australian
Aerospace has placed staff on short courses that both support current skills
requirements, and longer term needs of individuals. It has also placed
staff on long term assignments into the Co-operative Research Centre
Advanced Composite Structures (CRC-ACS), and at Royal Melbourne
Institute of Technology (RMIT) undertaking PhD studies relevant to the goal
of remaining at the leading edge of the Aerospace business.
Boeing Australia’s involvement in defence and aerospace industry skilling is
significant. Boeing expresses a view that defence and aerospace are really
part of the one broad continuum were any investment made in aerospace
industry skilling has a positive impact upon defence industry skilling, and
THE AEROSPACE PROJECT
The Aerospace Project is a partnership established in January 2004
between Education Queensland (Queensland
Government r un school body), Boeing
Defence Australia and the Registered Training
Organisation (RTO) Aviation Australia to
create pathways for high school students into
Queensland’s growing aerospace industries.
Industry partners that have joined since the
project started include Qantas, GE Aviation
Systems Australia, Australian Aerospace and
Brisbane Airport Corporation. There are a
total of 17 ‘gateway schools’ involved in the
project and more than 620 students throughout
Queensland undertaking aerospace studies at
these schools. Project achievements to date
included the establishment of Aviation High
at Widdop Street, Clayfield, near the Brisbane
Airport. It is the only high school with a
dedicated aerospace/aviation focus throughout
all subject offerings. These offerings include:
• A Queensland Studies Authority Overall
Position-eligible subject called ‘Aerospace Studies’.
• Changes to Education Queensland’s Work Experience Public Liability
Insurance Policy allowing students to perform work experience in and
• An ‘Aeroskills Studies’ subject to support Aircraft Maintenance Engineering
• A highly structured five day work experience program offered by industry
partners (approximately 30 student positions are offered each year) in a
broad range of fields.
• Industry-sponsored Aerospace Education Awards held annually at
Queensland Parliament House, Brisbane, to recognise outstanding
achievement by students and teachers.
• Direct entry arrangements to various universities and Aviation Australia
for ‘gateway school’ students.
• Ongoing curriculum support/mentoring process by industry for ‘gateway
• Support for schools and students through Education Queensland’s Head
of Department Aerospace Industries (HODAI) office involving airport and
aerospace industry visits and attendance at special aerospace events.
• A Governance Board with significant influence on strategic education
initiatives associated with aerospace.
Boeing Australia works closely with four universities to enhance
undergraduate curricula, internship and scholarship programs which
supports continuing education of Boeing employees, recruitment
outstanding candidates for employment, development of the workforce
of the future and collaboration on research that benefits the long-term
needs of our business. They are Queensland University of Technology, Royal
Melbourne Institute of Technology, University of Queensland and University
of New South Wales.
Boeing Defence Australia has been successful with SADI funding
applications for the following activities:
• Project Managers Workshops. Two courses were conducted in 2006 (more
detailed information on these workshops is below).
• Four Boeing Defence Australia employees in senior leadership positions
to complete an Executive Master of Business (Complex Project
Management) with the Queensland University of Technology from June
2010-13. The course has been developed by The Australian Department
of Defence in concert with a number of global government and industry
Collins was a huge boost to industry
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