Victorian secondary students encouraged to pursue aviation career

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Victorian secondary students encouraged to pursue aviation career

Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips has today urged secondary students to set their future ambitions sky-high during Moorabbin Airport’s first ever schools careers day.

Speaking to more than 100 year 11 and year 12 students eager to spread their wings, Mr Rich-Phillips, himself a trained pilot, encouraged the students to pursue a career in aviation, saying it offers many career opportunities for Victorians both here and internationally.

“The aviation and aerospace industries are at the cutting edge of innovation and technology,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“With a worldwide shortage of aviation professionals, the industry offers numerous possibilities to build a rewarding career. The Asia Pacific region is the world’s largest aviation location and is set to double in size by 2030.

“Aside from careers as pilots, air traffic controllers, mechanical engineers and in airport management, the aviation industry employs chemical engineers, software and systems engineers and computer scientists,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Victoria is Australia’s leading location for flight training schools, such as Moorabbin Airport’s 16 flight training organisations, and universities such as Swinburne University of Technology, offering world-class aerospace-related tertiary courses attracting international students.”

Mr Rich-Phillips said passenger numbers are forecast to increase to 2.2 billion across the Asia Pacific region by 2030, as neighbouring economies generate huge demand for air flight.

The Napthine Government is working to ensure the state remains at the heart of Australia’s aviation industry.

“One of our important initiatives is the $500,000 Research for the Aviation Industry grants program, which supports the aviation industry in increasing innovation,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

Moorabbin Airport expects that its careers day will become an annual event and hopes that by opening up the airport to secondary school students who already have an interest in aviation, they will benefit from both practical careers advice and hands-on experience.

Media contact: Andrew Drever  0409 580 996 andrew.drever@minstaff.vic.gov.au 
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