STEMship is a Hunter based vocational education & training (VET) program developed in 2016 by RDA Hunter in partnership with the Department of Industry – Training Services NSW and TAFE NSW. It is funded by Defence NSW through Training Services NSW with the multi-disciplinary training component delivered by TAFE NSW.
The innovative pre-employment program is industry led and incorporates modules on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) as well as enterprise and entrepreneurship skills development activities. Designed as an alternative pathway to direct university entry following secondary school, STEMship aims to transition participants out of school and into employment via technical apprenticeships, traineeships, and further study.
STEMship promotes job creation in the Hunter Region by providing young adults with specific job skills and access to on-the-job placement in industries such as defence and advanced manufacturing.
STEMship program is underway with the TAFE component negotiated, and commencement of arrangements for industry visits and work-placements in some of the region’s leading Advanced Manufacturing, and Defence Industry support organisations.
15 students were accepted into the 2019 program to undertake a CIII in Engineering Technical incorporating electronics, pneumatics and fabrication units. A program is yet to be scheduled for 2020, please register your interest if you’d like to be kept updated with program news.