Youth opportunities abound at RAAF Base Amberley
2 July 2015
RAAF Base Amberley was today on show for the Air Force Gap Year graduation and the Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development Winter School base visit.
Commander Combat Support Group, Air Commodore Scott Winchester, said it was an exciting day for the base.
“We are proud as an organisation to welcome young Indigenous students and graduates of the Gap Year Program who are so enthusiastic about future opportunities in Air Force,” Air Commodore Winchester said.
“Both of these programs are amazing opportunities for the youth of today, and Air Force is extremely proud to be an active stakeholder.”
Commanding Officer RAAF Security and Fire School, Wing Commander Andrew McHugh, said Air Force’s Gap Year program provided an exciting opportunity for young Australian school-leavers who have finished Year 12 or equivalent, to experience 12 months of military life.
“During the 12-month program participants are given training in a variety of career streams, all while being paid and receiving the benefits and entitlements received by full-time serving members,” Wing Commander McHugh said.
“Students have now completed their initial recruit training and will be posted to the Air Force Security Squadrons across Australia for employment training.”
Aircraftsman Kyle Anderson, a participant on the 2015 Gap Year Program, said the training had so far been very exciting and challenging but altogether a great experience.
“I am looking forward to my posting to Number 2 Security Force Squadron, Townsville and putting my training to use. I’m looking forward to gaining more insight into a career in the Air Force,” Aircraftsman Anderson said.
The Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development Winter School is a Queensland University of Technology Program providing Indigenous Year 10 and 11 students with the opportunity to experience a variety of careers during a four-day winter school in Brisbane.
Number 23 Squadron Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Gary Thompson, said Air Force was a proud sponsor of the program and he hoped to see many of the participants consider a career in the Australian Defence Force.
“While at RAAF Base Amberley students were given a tour of a C-17A Globemaster aircraft and witnessed a display of Air Force security capability,” Warrant Officer Thompson said.
“They also had a tour of an air traffic control tower in which they were able to engage with Joint Battlefield Airspace Controllers, observing them conducting operations, and spoke with Indigenous Air Force personnel.
“Educational opportunities such as this one are essential to closing the gaps in equality that are present in modern day Australia,” he said
Imagery will be available later at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20151822
More information on the Air Force Gap Year Program is available at http://www.defencejobs.gov.au/education/gapyear/
More information on the Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development Winter School is available at https://www.qut.edu.au/about/oodgeroo/indigenous-australian-science-and-infrastructure-development-winter-school
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