One hundred Hunter Valley high school students will have the opportunity to learn more about the future opportunities in defence at a two-day careers event in Newcastle (22-23 June).
As part of the RDA Hunter ME program, students will learn about job prospects within Australia's defence industry.
The two-day careers events will include a tour of BAE Systems Australia's Williamtown facility.
At the facility, students will get to learn about the company's work on the Hawk lead-in fighter, along with the role the company will have in the sustainment of Australia's F-35 fleet from 2018.
BAE Systems Australia aerospace director Steve Drury, who spoke with Defence Connect at the Avalon Airshow, said the work the company is doing on the F-35 fleet means students who have grown up in the region will have the opportunity to consider a pathway in the aerospace sector.
"BAE Systems has secured long-term work at Williamtown supporting Australia’s national F-35 fleet," said Drury.
"This means that students who have grown up and studied locally can now target a long-term aerospace career in the region.
"We’re pleased to support events such as RDA Hunter’s ME Program Aerospace Careers Day to help students see all the opportunities that a career in defence can provide."
Key roles that open up as the F-35 work ramps up will focus on aircraft maintenance, planning, supply support, engineering and specialist training staff.
Principal partners in advancing the next generation of employees in the defence industry are Regional Development Australia Hunter with support from Newcastle University and Robogals Newcastle.