Engineering to close the gap

1 May 2013
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will have more help to undertake an engineering career, thanks to a new program announced by the Gillard Government today.
 
The $700,000 Indigenous Engineers: Partners for Pathways project will provide scholarships, residential camps and career development for secondary and university students.
 
Opening the Indigenous Forces at Work Conference in Darwin today, the Minister for Higher Education and Skills Sharon Bird said the University of Melbourne will work in partnership with business and industry, as well as the school and VET sectors, to deliver the project nationally.
 
“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.
 
“The young people who take up these opportunities may be future leaders in government and industry.”
 
The Behrendt Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People emphasised the need to build a new generation of Indigenous professionals.
 
The Indigenous Engineers project is funded through the Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program.