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By LT Bill Heck
THIRTY young people have
travelled from all parts of the coun-
try to take part in an eight-week
indigenous pre-recruit course in
The course is designed to give
them a taste of military life and
experience first-hand the benefits
offered by a career in Defence.
The program was designed in
consultation with indigenous groups,
TAFE, the Department of Education,
Employment and Workplace Relations,
the Department of Indigenous Affairs
and the Defence Force to facilitate
career opportunities for Indigenous
The course, which will end in
December, includes rigorous physi-
cal training, a field phase, visits to
the various Defence facilities around
Sydney, and classroom elements cul-
minating in an opportunity to test for
Defence Force entry.
Deputy Director of Defence Force
Indigenous Affairs Michael Rowe said
success rates for the course to date
were very encouraging.
"This is a specialised pathway to
employment program with over 80
per cent of the graduates going on
to pass the Defence Force aptitude
test," he said.
"It is delivered collaboratively, it
is intensive, it is culturally appropri-
ate and it consolidates skills includ-
ing communication, teamwork and
ONE hundred and eighty grade 11 and
12 students visited a range of bases, es-
tablishments and Defence industry sites
in NSW, South Australia and Queens-
land recently for Defence Experience
Tours as part of the Defence Technical
Scholarships (DTS) for 2009.
Groups of students visited RAAF
Bases Edinburgh, Amberley, Wagga and
The students were drawn from 937
applicants drawn by Defence Force
Recruiting from 202 schools around
The scheme came about because
the critical shortage of skilled technical
tradespeople across all areas of industry
was also impacting the ADF's ability to
fill a number of trade categories.
To address the problem, in 2007 the
government allocated $71 million, across
10 years, to assist in attracting and recruit-
ing more people to critical technical trade
careers in the ADF.
In response, the ADF Technical Trades
Strategy was developed to introduce
recruiting initiatives to address these short-
falls. The DTS program is one initiative. It
provides a financial incentive for Year 11
and 12 students to remain at school and
30 attend indigenous course
Getting a taste
TIGHT SPACE: SGT Sean Hogan, left,
shows Corey Goodall equipment at RAAF
Base Richmond. Photo: LACW Casey Gaul
LOOK AROUND: From left, Zac
Blayney, Keiran Thompson and Travis
Pilarski look over an F-111 at RAAF
Base Amberley. Photo: LAC Scott Woodward
KNOW-HOW: WOFF Peter Roney explains the basic
function of a T56-A-14 turbo prop engine to scholarship
students at RAAF Base Edinburgh.Photo: LAC Brenton Kwaterski
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Technical Trade entry.
The successful Year 11 students receive
$2000 and Year 12 $3000.
Defence offered up to 1500 Defence
Technical Scholarships for students in par-
ticipating schools in 2009, and again for
the 2010 scholarships.
The students are under no obligation
to join the ADF or the Defence sector on
completion of their scholarship. However,
they are encouraged to pursue the option
of an ADF technical trade career path and
provided with information on the recruit-
Applications were recently called for
the 2010 scholarships and the winners will
be announced early next year.
IN THE HOT SEAT: SGT Andrew Finlay, an avionic technician from 6SQN, shows Tom Jackson and
Jacques Watson of Toowoomba through an F-111 cockpit, as part of the Defence Technical Scholarship
Photo: LAC Scott Woodward
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