The Space Industry Work Experience Program, an initiative of the South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) and the Department of Education’s Advanced Technology Program will now allow South Australian secondary school students to have direct access to the state’s burgeoning space sector with a new pilot work experience work experience program being launched.
SASIC will allow students to undertake short-term placements during school holidays at selected local space companies, where they can learn about developing opportunities across the high-tech and tech-growth industry.
Applications will be open for students in year 10, 11, and 12 in July. Successful students will work alongside a mentor at the South Australian space organisations for two to three days during the Term three and four school holidays.
SA Premier Steven Marshall said that the program gives students invaluable insights into local companies driving growth across the space industry and nation-wide.
“South Australia now has such a vibrant and thriving space ecosystem, with the Australian Space Agency, SmarSat CRC, Mission Control, and Space Discovery Centre to be housed in Adelaide,” said Marshall.
“Building a skilled space workforce is crucial. We need to encourage students to take up STEM-related careers and we need to ensure graduates take full advantage of the exciting jobs that will be created from these incredible opportunities we’ve attracted to our state.”
Education Minister, John Gardner, said the state government was committed to skilling students for jobs of the future.
“This program is a valuable opportunity for students to get some real work experience as they think about being part of our future space industry workforce,” said Gardner.
“Education will play a vital role in developing our space industry. The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to ensuring our students are equipped with the skills sets that the industry needs so our young people are best placed for jobs in the future.”