Hundreds of high school students from across the state will tour Lot Fourteen to learn about careers in defence, space and cyber from some of the companies driving innovation and economic growth in South Australia.
Activating the open space next to Lot Fourteen’s Bice Building on North Terrace, the area has been transformed into a vibrant hub where students can engage with more than 20 employers and industry representatives to learn about future jobs as part of the Defence, Space and Cyber Expo.
Students attending the event will be given a guided tour of the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre and Australian Space Discovery Centre, before meeting with representatives in the expo marquee to discover how they can get a head start on a career in these exciting and growing sectors.
Representatives at the event include Accenture, BAE Systems, PEER and Stone & Chalk.
Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Education John Gardner today visited the expo, which is the first of its kind in SA.
Premier Marshall said the event is a great opportunity for young people to gain exposure to global companies and start-ups operating at Lot Fourteen.
“Lot Fourteen is fizzing with innovation, with more than 1,300 people working to commercialise and launch ideas to the global market,” said Premier Marshall.
“The precinct is attracting some of the most important and impressive companies in the world in high-growth sectors such as space, cyber and defence.
“This expo is an amazing opportunity for students to learn from and be inspired by the state’s leading innovators and have a clear line of sight on where their studies can take them.
“There are more South Australians employed now than at any other time in the state’s history, but today’s event shows the next generation that the jobs of the future are right here in SA.”
Front and centre at the Defence, Space and Cyber Expo will be information on the Flexible Industry Pathways (FIPs).
A new way of approaching the delivery of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools, FIPs maps out a student’s journey through secondary school to employment in 26 key growth industries in South Australia including cyber, information technology, manufacturing and engineering and business start-up.
The new Student Pathways website, launched at the expo today, has many exciting features including an interactive tool for students to see the study and career opportunities available through FIPs.
Students at the expo will be able to sign up to the website and commence their World of World (WOW) Challenge, which has been launched as part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s VET for School Students Policy.
The WOW Challenge encourages young people to engage in 100 hours of work exposure on their journey through secondary education to help them decide their future career.
Students will use the website to log their career engagement activities, including attendance at events like the expo.
Minister Gardner said linking the expo to the WOW Challenge is an important step in revitalising careers education for school students.
“Encouraging students to actively engage in careers-related events is really important to help them plan for their future,” said Minister Gardner.
“The WOW Challenge and the website help them record and reflect on their experiences so they can start to piece together a plan to get them into a fulfilling career that matches their passions and skills.
“I’m sure that many of the students will leave the event today inspired by the people they meet and more certain on the direction they’d like to take in their studies and beyond.”
The Student Pathways website can be found at https://studentpathways.sa.edu.au