Boeing inspires Indigenous students for a future in aerospace
February 5, 2018
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students have been given the chance to see where a career in engineering could lead with a behind-the-scenes tour of the cutting-edge technology being developed by Boeing Defence Australia in Brisbane.
Twenty students from the University of Queensland’s InspireU senior engineering camp heard from a range of Boeing employees, including interns and graduates, at a networking lunch, followed by a tour of Boeing’s sophisticated simulation laboratory and next-generation communications system.
Integrated Services and Support Chief Engineer Kathryn Burr said Boeing’s support of programs such as the InspireU camp were important in helping engage students early in their schooling.
“One of the best ways to inspire students to pursue a career in aerospace is to show them first-hand the exciting, next-generation projects our engineers work on every day,” said Burr.
“As students approach their senior years of schooling they are already beginning to make decisions about their career and we want to ensure they consider Boeing as an option.”
Executive Sponsor for Indigenous Engagement Scott Carpendale said the student tour was just one initiative under Boeing Defence Australia’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
“The camp is a way for Boeing to continue to connect with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students while providing an opportunity to help them realise their full potential,” said Carpendale.
“We are working with a number of organisations to help drive our reconciliation efforts that will expand Boeing’s education and employment opportunities for Indigenous Australians.”
Launched in 2017, Boeing Defence Australia’s RAP has committed to providing a stronger future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by focusing on Relationships, Respect and Opportunities, including improving and increasing employment opportunities.