Flying start for Brisbane students

Joint Media Release
  • Minister for Education
  • Member for Brisbane

Brisbane students will get a flying start to a career in aviation.

The Morrison Government is providing funding for Aviation High School at Clayfield and the local aviation industry to support students gain a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) accreditation, as part of its $5.1 million Pathways in Technology (P-TECH) pilot program.

Member for Brisbane Trevor Evans said students would gain hands-on experience and learn STEM skills that would be valuable to a future career in aviation.

“Our Government is providing funding so local industry can help students gain the most relevant STEM skills to succeed in their chosen careers,” Mr Evans said.

“Local businesses will be supported to offer workplace visits, internships and mentoring to local students.

“Encouraging schools to collaborate with the businesses where students want to work means the projects and opportunities offered are highly relevant.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government recognised the importance of learning STEM skills as part of gaining a world-class education.

“Our Government is providing record school funding of $307.7 billion for state schools, for Catholic schools and for Independent schools,” Mr Tehan said.

“We believe that record money flowing into schools won’t improve one student’s education if it is not invested wisely and that’s why the P-TECH program uses the experience and knowledge of businesses in relevant industries to guide students learning STEM subjects.

“Because of our Government’s strong economic management we can pay for our investments in education without increasing taxes by $200 billion and hitting retirees in the hip pocket.”

Airbus, Brisbane Airport Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers will collaborate with Aviation High School.

Airbus Australia Pacific Managing Director Andrew Mathewson said that Airbus was proud to be a STEM advocate and supporter of P-TECH.

“Airbus has a focus to promote and increase the number of students enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subject streams.

“We believe that it is vital to the growth of our industry that students are able to access subject matter experts and assistance with career pathways,” he said.

For more information about the P-TECH pilot, visit https://www.education.gov.au/pathways-in-technology-p-tech-pilot.

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