A leading defence prime has partnered with Hunter River High School for the government’s Pathway in Technology (P-Tech) pilot program that will help Hunter students prepare for a career in the aerospace sector.
BAE Systems Australia, along with Varley Group, Jetstar and Ampcontrol, has partnered with the NSW school for the program, which BAE said expands on the company's involvement with Regional Development Australia.
Over 50 year 11 and 12 students will undertake aeroskills studies in four Hunter schools in 2018. Their studies will be complemented by work experience at BAE Systems Williamtown, where the RAAF’s Lead-In Fighter Hawk jet aircraft is currently maintained.
BAE Systems Australia aerospace director Steve Drury said the defence company's involvement in the region with the Lead-In Fighter Hawk jet offers locals the opportunity to pursue an aerospace career in the region.
“We have secured long-term work at Williamtown supporting Australia’s national F-35 fleet," Drury said.
"This means that students who have grown up and studied locally can now target a long-term aerospace career in the region."
Australia's Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel will meet with students who have undertaken work experience with BAE Systems during a tour of the company's facilities.