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Defence and STEM students win awards, jobs

12 June

Defence and STEM students win awards, jobs

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When UniSA students Liam Hoyle and Helen Lawrence finish their study at the end of the year, they won’t have to worry about finding a job - both have already been snapped up by top defence company, Lockheed Martin. 

The Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)students both credit the industry experience they received through State government scholarships and internships with helping them gain jobs and establish careers even before they graduate.

The Defence Honours Scholarship program and the Defence and STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) Internship program give students hands on experience tackling real-life projects in top defence and STEM companies. Students have the chance to apply their skills and knowledge, be mentored and to make valuable industry connections.  

Liam, who completed a Lockheed Martin Defence and STEM Internship, says he valued the opportunity to “develop technical skills, to network and experience life inside a huge technology organisation. “

“I enjoyed being around software engineers who have been doing their job for many years and having interesting conversations with them. Completing the internship put me in a good position to get a job with Lockheed Martin.” 

Helen, who is completing a Defence Honours Scholarship at ASC, is relishing the opportunity to work onsite building real software solutions as part of her project to create a tool to visualize data in 3D.

It is really interesting working directly with industry and experiencing technology I didn’t even know existed. Having industry experience on the resume is a factor in why companies will look at hiring you and it also benefits companies because they get to know workers before they hire them.

Helen and Liam shared their experiences at the recent 2017 awards ceremony where 24 students from SA’s three public universities were presented scholarships and internships by Minister for Defence Industries, Martin Hamilton-Smith.  

The State Government has invested almost $1.6 million in scholarships and internships to give students invaluable experience working on real-world industry projects in the defence and STEM industries. 

With three-quarters of our future economic growth expected to be generated by STEM-related industries - including defence – these experiences are helping prepare young South Australians for the jobs of the future and meeting industry need for skilled workers.

The 2017 awards also recognised industry sponsors who generously support the scholarships and internships programs, including Boeing Defence Australia, Rheinmetall Electronics, Lockheed Martin Australia, BAE Systems and ASC Pty Ltd, who collectively contributed a total of $91,000 towards the program.

The programs are delivered by the Department of State Development in partnership with the Defence Teaming Centre and Playford Memorial Trust. 

Expressions of interest for the 2018 Defence Honours Scholarship Program close June 30. For more information, visit innovation.sa.gov.au/opportunities