Work experience opportunity that is out of this world

Oct 13, 2020, 13:06 PM

As the excitement around South Australia’s space sector continues to skyrocket, students are being provided the opportunity to gain experience in the burgeoning industry.

Applications are now open for the Marshall Government’s Space Work Experience Program, which puts students aged 15 years and older in a short-term placement at a South Australian space organisation.

Students are able to learn from an experienced mentor and explore the exciting career opportunities available across the industry.

Launching as a pilot program last year, 27 students completed work placements in space industries such as space mining, satellite data, communication and propulsion, quantum mechanics, designing a Mars Rover, space situational awareness, robotic capabilities and processing NASA images.

Of the 27 students placed, 40 per cent were female – a positive indication that the uptake and interest of girls and young women in STEM related pathways is increasing.

Premier Steven Marshall said future opportunities in the space industry are right here in South
Australia.

“South Australia is already home to the Australian Space Agency, SmartSat CRC, Mission Control and the Space Discovery Centre,” said Premier Steven Marshall.

“Our state is at the forefront of driving growth in this high tech sector, which the Federal Government wants to triple to $12 billion by the year 2030 and create an additional 20,000 jobs.

“Following the recent rocket launch in Koonibba, there is a lot of excitement about what we can achieve right here in South Australia.”

Education Minister John Gardner said the pilot program was a great success and encouraged students to apply.

“This program will expose students to the endless and expansive pathways on offer in the space sector right here in South Australia,” said Education Minister John Gardner.

“Education will play a vital role in developing our space industry workforce and this Government is committed to providing students with the best possible opportunities to be at the front of the queue for these future jobs.

“Students are beginning to realise that careers in the space industry are achievable. We want to keep this momentum going and continue to encourage our learners to consider space pathways.

“I strongly encourage eligible students to apply and see what is out there and have a blast along the way.”

Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 27 October. For more information visit the Advanced Technology Program website.