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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. There are over 30 industry partners and supporters engaged, including, local aerospace entities, training institutions and universities. These partners all contribute to creating pathways for students into Queensland’s aerospace industry.

Participating schools

Atherton State High School*Lockyer District State High School^
Aviation High School*Miami State High School*
Balmoral State High School*Mueller College*
Burpengary State Secondary College*Noosa District State High School*
Cairns State High School*Oakey State High School*
Calamvale Community College*Springwood State High School*
Corinda State High School*St Patrick's College (Mackay)*
Indooroopilly State High School*Townsville State High School*
Iona College*Wilsonton State high School^

* These schools currently offer Aerospace Studies as an elective.
^ an aviation hub school

Aerospace Industry Education Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Aerospace Industry Education Awards, with $25,000 in scholarships and prizes up for grabs to the students who attend one of the 18 Gateway to Industry Schools for Aerospace in Queensland.

In its 13thyear, the awards formally recognise the efforts and achievements of the 18 Gateway to Industry schools for Aerospace, students and their teachers throughout 2018.

There are 13 award categories for this year including:

  • Year 10 GE Aviation Aerospace Award – sponsor: GE Aviation
  • AYAA Future Aerospace Leader Award – sponsor: Australian Youth Aerospace Association
  • Year 11 BAC Aerospace Studies Award – sponsor: Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • Year 11 Qantas Quest Award – sponsor: Qantas Airways
  • Year 12 Airways Aviation Aerospace Studies Award – sponsor: Airways Aviation
  • Aeroskills Scholarship Award – sponsor Boeing Defence Australia
  • Female Aerospace Student Award – sponsor: Boeing Defence Australia
  • The Honourable Company of Air Pilots Award – sponsor: The Honourable Company of Air Pilots, Airways Aviation and Aviation Australia
  • ADF Aviation STEM Award – sponsor: Australian Defence Force
  • TAE Aerospace Young Innovators Award – sponsor: TAE Aerospace
  • The Royal Aeronautical Society Award – sponsor: Royal Aeronautical Society
  • Spirit of Boeing Award – sponsor: Boeing Defence Australia
  • Teacher Excellence Award – sponsors: Boeing Defence Australia, Brisbane Airport Corporation, GE Aviation and Virgin Australia

Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman said she was delighted to see the continued commitment and support of all the Aerospace industry partners involved in this unique program.

“The annual Aerospace Education Awards provide a wonderful opportunity for career advancement and an insight into this fast-paced industry and I encourage the Gateway Schools’ teachers and students to apply,” Ms Fentiman said.

The awards will be held at Parliament House on Thursday 22 November 2018.


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Further information

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