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Aerospace Gateway Schools program

Aerospace Gateway Schools Program

The Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools program was established to support the growth and development of an effective workforce for the aviation industry sector. This program provides opportunities for young people to undertake structured workplace learning, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, full-time employment and further study through industry-school partnerships and has proven essential in meeting the Queensland Government’s aim of transitioning young people from school to work while completing school and gaining formal qualifications.

The program currently involves a total of 18 Queensland secondary schools (government and non-government), with 300 students throughout Queensland studying Aerospace studies and 27 industry partners, local aerospace entities, training institutions and universities, creating pathways for students into Queensland’s aerospace industry.

Participating schools

Atherton State High SchoolMiami State High School
Aviation High SchoolMueller College
Balmoral State High SchoolNoosa District State High School
Brisbane State High SchoolSpringwood State High School
Calamvale Community CollegeSt Patrick's College
Cairns State High SchoolTownsville State High School
Indooroopilly State High SchoolWellington Point State High School
Iona CollegeOakey State High School
Lockyer District State High School

* These schools currently offer Aerospace Studies as an elective. 

2016 Aerospace Education Awards

With 11 individual awards on offer, the 2016 Aerospace Education Awards recognise outstanding students undertaking aerospace studies in Queensland and attending an Aerospace Gateway School.

The awards  provide an opportunity for high-performing students, their parents and teachers to celebrate their achievements in 2016.  The event ceremony was held at Parliament House in Brisbane on Thursday 24 November 2016 with winners announced by the Minister for Training and Skills, Yvette D’Ath. Joining the celebration included aerospace industry partners eager to meet the next generation of aerospace and aviation specialists.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Year 10 GE Aviation Aerospace Award – Jamison Kehl (Noosa District State High School) – Sponsored by GE Aviation
  • Year 11 Aerospace Studies Award – Nicholas Vardanega (Iona College) – Sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Year 11 Qantas Quest Award – Brock Thomas (St. Patrick’s College, Mackay) – Sponsored by Qantas Airways
  • Year 12 Airways Aviation Aerospace Studies Award – Sean Adey-McCaul (Iona College) – Sponsored by Airways Aviation
  • Spirit of Boeing Award – Rebecca Biles (Balmoral State High School) – Sponsored by Boeing Defence Australia
  • Royal Aeronautical Society Award – Stanislaw Maziarz (Aviation High School) – Sponsored by the Royal Aeronautical Society
  • The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Award – Sam Negri (Townsville SHS) and Matthew Parker (Indooroopilly SHS) – Sponsored by The Honourable Company of Air Pilots
  • Raytheon Award – Mitchell Thomas (Noosa District State High School) – Sponsored by Raytheon Australia
  • Flightscope Aviation Pilot Scholarship – Jamison Kehl (Noosa District State High School) – Sponsored by Flightscope Aviation
  • Female Aerospace Award – Summer Palmer (St. Patrick’s College, Mackay) – Sponsored by Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)
  • Teacher Award – Jonathon Collins (Atherton State High School) – Sponsored by Brisbane Airport Corporation, BDA, GE Aviation and Virgin Australia.

For more information on this significant annual event email the project manager.


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Further information

Jennifer Harrison
Project Manager Aerospace Gateway Schools
Phone: (07) 3860 0903