More than 200 female students in Years 8-11 from 10 northern suburb schools have attended a ground-breaking event hosted by the City of Salisbury held at the Salisbury Community Hub on Tuesday 28 March as part of its forward-looking economic agenda. It provided opportunities for students to bust stereotypes about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and encourage them to seize future career opportunities in STEM related fields.
The event, organised by the City of Salisbury and the Northern Adelaide State Secondary School Association (NASSSA) and funded by the Federal Government’s National Careers Institute, aimed to showcase the wide range of traditional and non-traditional career options available to women in STEM related industries busting stereotypes within male dominated industries.
It also highlighted the current and future employment opportunities available in STEM related fields in the northern suburbs including those that flow on from the recently announced AUKUS submarine venture which is estimated to support approximately 20,000 direct jobs across Australia over the next 30 years with South Australia being one of the main beneficiaries.
Guest speakers at the event were leading women working in STEM related fields, including Dr Sylvie Perreau, Chief of Sensors and Effectors Division at the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG), and Dr Lisa Bailey, Exhibition and Experience Design Manager at UniSA’s Museum of Discovery. Both speakers shared their own personal story of their career journeys and the importance of challenging the concept of traditional roles for women, especially in the field of artificial intelligence.
Students also visited leading organisations BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, Defence Science and Technology Group, Codan Limited and Topcon Positioning Systems which are all based in the City of Salisbury. They undertook site tours and took part in hands on activities such as mixed reality systems and 3D modelling. They also learnt first-hand, about STEM related career pathways and future employment growth areas.
City of Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge OAM thanked the participating organisations and said it was an honour to team up with these world-leading businesses based in our city and support careers for local women by hosting the event at the Salisbury Community Hub.
NASSSA Director Penny Chancellor said it was exciting to see so many young women explore the opportunities available in the STEM industry.
BAE Systems Australia’s Chief People Officer, Angela Wiggins, said it was important for the defence industry to showcase the diverse careers available to young people, regardless of their gender.
The schools which attended the forum were Riverbanks College B-12, Mark Oliphant College, Thomas Moore College, Playford International College, Paralowie R-12, Craigmore High School, Salisbury High School, Parafield Gardens High School, Salisbury East High School and Para Hills High School.