Boeing knows the future of the cutting-edge aerospace industry is through the smart, talented and enthusiastic youth of today. In Australia, the company is passionate about engaging and encouraging young people through education to inspire their interest in science, particularly aerospace- and aviation-related projects.
For example, Boeing Defence Australia supports the Gateway Schools Program, which is a partnership initiative between the Queensland Government and industry bodies to create pathways for Queensland high school students to enter into careers within the aerospace industry. At present, 17 schools across the state are involved in the project, and 24 schools offer the ‘Aerospace Studies' curriculum to more than 1,200 year 11 and 12 students.
Boeing also works closely with selected Australian universities to enhance undergraduate curricula, support continuing education of Boeing employees, recruit candidates for employment and collaborate on research that benefits the company's long-term business needs. Since 2008 Boeing has contributed ongoing financial support to Australian universities and is currently supporting University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with funds used for student projects, travel bursaries, scholarships, awards and student outreach programs.
In addition to educating high school and university students, Boeing is dedicated to life-long learning for its employees. The company encourages local and international study, and each year across the business a number of Australian employees undertake professional assignments and gain exposure to programs from a global operations perspective.
The skills transfer aspect also extends to Australian small and medium enterprises working with Boeing. A number of Australian businesses have benefited from assistance in the implementation of initiatives like quality assurance and the lean manufacturing principles of the Boeing production system, which has led to development and expansion of their manufacturing skills and the knowledge and expertise to bid for further work in the aircraft and aerospace industries.
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University of Queensland
Queensland University of Technology
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology