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 Hunter. 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.