RDA Hunter’s ME Program recently hosted a ‘teachers only’ tour of Boeing Australia at its Williamtown RAAF Base facility.
17 teachers from ME Program partner high schools across the region were invited to tour Boeing Williamtown’s software lab, Wedgetail aircraft and flight simulator recently. The tour was designed to familiarise teachers with the company’s facilities and the ‘real’ job opportunities available within the aerospace company’s Hunter location that employs 400 personnel. It also provided context to the workplace applications of the STEM skilling programs they are teaching year 9 and 10 students.
“Boeing Australia-Williamtown is committed to contributing to the Hunter’s STEM skilled workforce. Our ongoing, long-term Defence maintenance and sustainment contracts mean that we are continually looking for motivated and qualified young people to undertake engineering and other related jobs. Sourcing home-grown employees is important to Boeing so we are focused on working closely with the ME Program to develop quality candidates that we can provide career pathways for.” said Matthew Sprakel, Classic Hornet Chief Engineer from Boeing Australia.
Tomaree High School teacher Kyle McElwain participated in the tour, “The tour provided an excellent insight into the various STEM careers conducted at the Boeing site. Accessing information about such roles is generally difficult, so the tour was most informative and this information can be relayed to students to encourage them to participate in these careers.”
RDA Hunter STEM Workforce Manager, Mr Rick Evans said, “We are pleased that the ME Program is able to facilitate meaningful two-way partnerships that lead to a quality, employable workforce.”