Students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent will be given more opportunities for career development, thanks to a new program announced by the federal government on May 1.
The Indigenous Engineers: Partners for Pathways initiative will help to provide secondary school and university students with scholarships, residential camps and career development.
This $700,000 project joins a host of other initiatives aimed at supporting Indigenous employment, with the minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry recently putting the Indigenous Pastoral Project into effect.
The government’s partners for pathways project means that more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will have more support in undertaking an engineering career, with minister for Higher Education and Skills Sharon Build stating that the University of Melbourne will work with business and industry, school and VET sectors to deliver the project.
“This is a very exciting project – it will help Indigenous students access a career that is in high demand,” Minister Bird said.
“Closing the Gap on Indigenous disadvantage is something the Gillard Government is determined to achieve. Providing practical help for young Indigenous people to embark on a rewarding career makes good sense.”