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Aviation Australia co-supported award at the annual Aerospace Industry Education Awards

Finalists and Winners of the 2018 Aerospace Industry Education Awards

Aviation Australia was proud to co-support the Honourable Company of Air Pilots Award at the annual Aerospace Industry Education Awards, on Thursday 22 November, 2018.

In its 14th year, the Aerospace Industry Education Awards recognises the efforts and achievements of students and teachers from 18 Aerospace Gateway Schools across Queensland.

The award ceremony was held at Parliament House and awards were presented by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP Minister for Training and Skills Development.

The Gateway to Industry Schools Program gives students the opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills required to enter the aviation and aerospace industry.

Approximately 80 nominations were received this year across 13 award categories, and 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

Minister for Training and Skills Development Shannon Fentiman said the Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting the state’s rapidly developing and innovative aerospace industry which will play an important role in diversifying the state’s economy and ensuring Queenslanders have access to the jobs of the future.

“It is wonderful to see the high calibre of talent we are producing in this field through the Gateway to Industry Schools program,” said Ms Fentiman.

“It is students like these, whose passion for aviation will see them continue their training and education to take up professions in the aerospace industry.

“Our students are able to pursue their passion because we have dedicated teachers who are not just passionate about aviation but also about teaching and inspiring their students.

“I congratulate Denise Dunn, Head of Department for Senior Schooling and Partnerships at Aviation High, who won the prestigious Teacher Award, recognising her outstanding commitment to link with industry partners to enrich and expand the opportunities for her students and fellow teachers.

“Mrs Dunn is the third female teacher in the history of the awards to receive the top honour.”

She impressed the judging panel with her ongoing commitment to foster every student’s curiosity, imagination and enthusiasm for pursuing a career in aviation by developing several innovative programs for her school including the Certificate III in Aviation – Remote Pilot (VLOS) pilot program, Certificate III in Aviation  – Ground Operations and Services, and offering the opportunity for students to undertake their RPL, PPL or CPL while attending the school.

The Gateway to Industry Schools Program is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training.

The 18 Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools, with 400 students throughout Queensland studying the senior secondary subject, Aerospace Studies, are supported by more than 30 aerospace industry partners.

The success of the program has also resulted in three major Queensland universities launching direct entry programs for high achieving Aerospace Gateway to Industry School graduates.

 

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