Boeing scholarships to support entry into aviation
November 14, 2018
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 Queensland Registered Training Organisation, 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.”
Boeing Defence Australia is in discussion with Registered Training Organisations across Australia to expand the scholarship program to other states.
Under its Reconciliation Action Plan, Boeing 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.
In October, Boeing company Jeppesen Australia also supported career pathways into aviation, presenting a Pilot Scholarship to Jamie Zammit and an Avionics Engineer Scholarship to John Moody at the Regional Aviation Association of Australia conference.