In a win for the Hunter’s commercial and defence aerospace sector, RDA Hunter has enabled Aeroskills to be studied by secondary students in years 11 and 12.
The course will be delivered by TAFE NSW- Aviskills in three centrally located ‘hub’ schools but available to students across the Hunter. It teaches young people the skills to perform, repair and overhaul a range of electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic, electro-hydraulic and electro-pneumatic aircraft components.
Enrolments for the course, which commenced on 12th February, total 39 students from 12 Hunter high schools.
Aeroskills will feed appropriately qualified and skilled young people directly into Williamtown’s growing aerospace industry and will bolster the pool of workers in readiness for Defence sustainment and maintenance projects including the Joint Strike Fighter.
The EVET course is a direct pathway to a Certificate II in Aeroskills and is supported by Boeing Defence Australia, BAE Systems and Jetstar Airways Ltd. “We are very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to students in the Hunter,” said Rick Evans, RDA Hunter’s STEM Workforce Development Manager.
“With TAFE NSW’s invaluable support we’ve been able to centralise relevant courses in our schools. This means we can deliver training where the aerospace industry and jobs are based; industry can have true engagement with students and help shape what they’re learning; and industry can directly access a pool of qualified job candidates. It’s a win-win!”