Lockheed Martin announce partnership with Newcastle education institutions

TRY IN THE SKY: San Clemente High School student Kasey Cole tries out a F-35 flight simulator at the Lockheed Martin Technology Expo. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers A partnership between Newcastle education institutions and Lockheed Martin, the company delivering ’s new F-35 fighter jets, will see students undertake trainingspecifically suited to a futurecareer inthe company.

The project involving Lockheed Martin, the University of Newcastle, TAFE NSW and Regional Development Hunter (RDA Hunter)was announced during a careers expo for high school studentsat Williamtown’s Fighter World on Thursday.

“Lockheed Martin’s future workforce requirements are a little bit niche compared to other defenceindustry players,” Rick Evans, RDA Hunter workforce manager said.

“So we’ve done partnerships with a vocational training institution and a university. It’s utilising existing courses and enhancing them.”

DREAMS: Lavendel Seguin, a Year 9 students at San Clemente High School, with an F-35 flight simulator in the background. She hopes to become a pilot. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Mr Evans said the TAFE NSW partnership“STEMstart”wouldtrain16 studentseach year for three years in “ICT and cyber security”,from nextApril.

“It’s an 18 month training program with as much integration with Lockheed Martin and other related companiesuntil the end of the project, coming out with a Diploma of Information and CommunicationTechnology,” hesaid.

Jobs are not guaranteed at the end of the program but the intakeof students wasbased on the company’s“projected needs”, anRDA Hunter spokespersonsaid.

Details of the university program “Altitude Accord”would be released next yearbutit would include a“number” of scholarships, Mr Evans said.

Vince Di Pietro,Lockheed Martin ’s chief executive,said it was in the company’s best interest to “raise the technology base in this region”.

Visit Regional Development Hunter for more information.

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