BAE Systems hosts future defence prospects

One hundred Hunter Valley students are learning about the defence industry at a two-day careers event in Newcastle this week that includes a tour of BAE Systems Australia’s Williamtown facility.

On Thursday and Friday, students are learning more about the company’s work on the Hawk Lead in fighter and how the company will play an integral role in the sustainment of Australia’s F-35 fleet from 2018.

In an expanded, specialist and highly secure facility, the company will employ some 200 additional highly skilled people to support the work that it will do to maintain F-35 aircraft over several decades.

“BAE Systems has secured long-term work at Williamtown supporting Australia’s national F-35 fleet,” said Steve Drury, BAE Systems Australia Aerospace director.

“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.