The Marshall Liberal Government has today committed $45,000 over the next three years to the Science Alive Careers Day, an initiative aimed at connecting students interested in science-related careers with people working and studying in the fields of science and technology.
The funding, which is a 50 per cent increase on the funding provided by the previous Government, will enable more than 5,000 Year 7 to 12 students from across the state to attend the event annually.
The Careers Day, happening today at the Adelaide Showground, is a preview event occurring prior to the Science Alive Science Exhibition this weekend.
Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said the funding commitment was another example of the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to prepare the state’s young people for the jobs of the future.
“The Science Alive Careers Day provides an excellent opportunity to promote the range of career pathways available to young people in STEM related industry areas”, said Minister Pisoni.
“Providing young people with the opportunity to speak with a range of professionals in a variety of industry areas will bring these occupational opportunities alive.
“South Australia is poised to benefit from huge job opportunities in science and technology related industries, not least of all in the defence sector, and we must give our young people every opportunity to take full advantage.
“The event builds awareness of the scope and importance of science and technology, inspiring future generations of professionals in these critical industries.
“Students can also discover information about further education and training courses that can lead to a range of pathways.”
Science Alive is the largest single interactive science exhibition in Australia, bringing together some of South Australia’s biggest names in science and technology including the Naval Group, BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin and SAAB.
Last year’s Careers Day was attended by over 5,000 students from 78 schools.