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    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    State Government supports Queensland’s aviation workforce

    Minister for Employment and Small Business and Minister for Training and Skills Development
    The Honourable Shannon Fentiman

    Thursday, November 22, 2018

    State Government supports Queensland’s aviation workforce

    Queensland’s aviation industry is gearing up for the future thanks to the Palaszczuk Government’s continued support.

    Since 1 January 2015, the Palaszczuk government has invested more than $11.694M, subsidising 9 Aerospace related courses through the User Choice arrangements, Certificate 3 Guarantee/Higher Level Skills and the Aviation Strategy Programs with 363 completing an Aerospace related VET qualification.

    Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert congratulated the winners across 13 categories at today’s ceremony.

    “These awards acknowledge and celebrate our high achievers and the future leaders in aviation and I congratulate St Patrick’s College student Ashley Gall for winning the Australian Defence Force Aviation STEM Awards,” she said

    “The Queensland Government’s Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools program is one way we are assisting our students to develop skills and build networks with industry.”

    The aerospace program will receive $155,000 in funding as part of our more than $1 million investment in the Gateway to Industry Schools program each year.

    “The 18 Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools have produced a number of high-flyers, including last year’s winner of the Year 12 Aerospace Studies Award, Finn Morris from Aviation High,” she said.

    “Finn is now pursuing his dreams to become a pilot and is based at the Brisbane International Airport with Menzies Aviation as a member of the ground handling crew.”

    Attending the 14th annual Aerospace Education Awards today, Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman, said it was imperative to ensure the industry had the skilled workforce to enable its continued growth.

    “Rapid advances in technology are changing the nature of work, especially in the aerospace industry,” Minister Fentiman said.

    “Research tells us that 65 per cent of children entering primary school today will end up in jobs that don’t even exist yet, and it is vital that we future proof our training system to ensure they have the skills needed for the emerging jobs.”

    “We are working towards our plan for the future jobs and the Skills Summit on November 28 will bring together the state’s heads of industry to discuss the future of work with educators, training providers, mayors and unions.”

    “Queensland is developing into a leading centre for aerospace innovation, with Qantas due to open its pilot training academy at Wellcamp Airport in Toowoomba next year, and the new Brisbane runway scheduled for completion in 2020.”

    “TAE Aerospace is developing a turbine engine maintenance facility at Bundamba for Australia’s fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets and the Queensland Drones Strategy has been developed to support the potential use of drones by a range of industries.

    “We are continuing to invest in the future of our young Queenslanders with free tafe for all year 12 graduates.

    “There are 160 qualifications on offer in high priority industries including four courses in aviation such as a Certificate IV in Aeroskills and a Certificate III in Aircraft Surface Finishing.”

     

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    The winners are:

    Year 10 GE Aviation Aerospace Award – Benjamin Chambers (Mueller College) Sponsored by GE Aviation

    Year 11 Brisbane Airport Corporation Aerospace Studies Award – Trishul Patel (Aviation High School) Sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation

    Year 11 Qantas Quest Award – Jack Lord (Oakey State High School) Sponsored by Qantas Airways

    Year 12 Airbus Australia Pacific Aerospace Studies Award – Chantal Kander (Mueller College) Sponsored by Airways Aviation

    Spirit of Boeing Award – Samara Raine (Balmoral State High School) Sponsored by Boeing Defence Australia

    Royal Aeronautical Society Award – Nayan Vekariya (Indooroopilly State High School) Sponsored by the Royal Aeronautical Society

    The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Award – Hanny Gajjar (Indooroopilly State High School) Sponsored by The Honourable Company of Air Pilots, Airways Aviation and Aviation Australia

    AYAA Future Leader Aerospace Award – Megan Weber (Oakey State High School) and Eason Liu (Indooroopilly State High School) Sponsored by Australian Youth Aerospace Association

    TAE Aerospace Young Innovators Award – Benjamin Chambers (Mueller College) Sponsored by TAE Aerospace

    Female Aerospace Award – Emily Gov (Miami State High School)Sponsored by Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)

    Australian Defence Force Aviation STEM Award – Jack Carroll (Iona College), Alexander Engstrom (Iona College), Emma Sanjurjo (Indooroopilly State High School), Ashley Gall (St Patrick’s College Mackay), Muhammed Khan (Calamvale Community College), and William Bruce (Indooroopilly State High School) Sponsored by Australian Defence Force

    Aeroskills Scholarship – Tyrese Samson (Calamvale Community College) Sponsored by Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)

    Teacher Award – Denise Dunn (Aviation High School) Sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation, BDA, GE Aviation and Virgin Australia

    Six teachers received recognition for their long service of more than 10 years to the Aerospace Gateway to Industry program which has been running for 14 years.