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Cairns Avionics student awarded Boeing Scholarship

Scholarship recipient Aaron Johan with Darryn Fletcher (Director Sustainment Operations – Boeing Defence Australia)

Aviation Australia student, Aaron Johan has been awarded the Boeing Scholarship at the Cairns Aviation Skills Centre.

Boeing Defence Australia has partnered with Aviation Australia to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with essential training required to begin an aviation career in aircraft maintenance.

Up to four Boeing Defence Australia Scholarships will be provided per year for students to enrol in a Certificate IV or Diploma level Aeroskills course with Aviation Australia.

“This is a purposeful decision by Boeing Defence Australia to invest in Australian talent and provide a stronger future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” said Boeing Defence Australia’s director of Sustainment Operations, Darryn Fletcher.

“Maintenance personnel are critical to keeping aircraft performing at their best, so we’re playing our part to ensure there is a strong pipeline of highly-skilled Australians ready to take on the job.”

The first to receive a Boeing scholarship to study at Aviation Australia, Aaron Johan, has been knocking at the door of an aviation career for many years.

“I’ve had a fascination with aircraft – fixed and rotary wing – since I was about 10 years old,” said Johan.

“When I left high school I didn’t have the financial means to pursue an aeronautical engineering degree so I moved to Victoria to be a commercial aircraft mechanic but wasn’t successful in getting a position.

“I returned to Queensland to study at Aviation Australia but the financial support I had secured fell through before I could start. It was then I met with Boeing and they offered me a scholarship.

“As a single father with three young daughters, it can be a challenge to juggle everything so I’m really proud I kept at it and am achieving my goal of a career in aviation.”

The $5,000 prize will go towards paying for Aaron’s fee’s.

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