Oakey State High is an Aerospace
Gateway School which provides some unique opportunities for our students -
as three of our Year 11 students discovered.
The Aerospace Gateway to
Industry Schools program was established to support the growth and
development of an effective workforce for the aviation industry sector. Currently
the program involves eighteen Queensland secondary schools (government and
non-government) and provides opportunities for students in those schools to
undertake structured workplace learning, school-based apprenticeships and
traineeships, full-time employment and further study through industry-school
More than 30 industry partners
support the program including aerospace entities, training institutions and
universities. These partners all contribute to creating pathways for students
into Queensland’s aerospace industry.
In 2018 thirteen award categories
were open for nominations and offered a combined total of $25,000 in
scholarships and prizes. The awards were presented to the successful nominees
during a ceremony at Parliament House on November 22 where three of our
students were finalists in two categories.
Jack Lord won the Year 11 Qantas
Quest Award ahead of finalists from Iona College and Indooroopilly State High.
His prize includes a tour of Qantas Mascot Campus and aircraft maintenance
Megan Weber and Julia Faulkner were
both finalists in the Australian Youth Aerospace Association Future Leader in
Aerospace Award and during the ceremony Megan was announced as the winner of
this particular award. The third finalist was from Indooroopilly State High.
Megan’s prize included participation in the Australian Youth Forum in
Minister for Training and Skills Development,
Shannon Fentiman presented the awards.
“These annual Aerospace Education
Awards acknowledge and celebrate our high achievers and the future leaders in
aviation, and I congratulate Oakey State High students Jack Lord and Megan
Weber on their awards,” Ms Fentiman said.