Early data has shown that the 50 per cent cut to TAFE fees implemented by the Western Australian government has boosted student enrolments by 20 per cent, with strong results for engineering and cyber security courses. The fee reduction has now commenced for 34 priority courses. The courses have been targeted to align with emerging … Continue reading Reduced TAFE course fees in WA having positive impact on enrolment
A new report exploring engagement in engineering and STEM claims that barriers remain to equitable participation in these sectors and that more action needs to be taken to bridge the gender divide. The report from the newly-established Engineering for Australia Taskforce explores the factors which affect girls’ participation in STEM and engineering and examines 115 … Continue reading Taskforce report says action required to make STEM more inclusive
The federal government has announced it will provide $3.6 million to trial the expansion of a one-year Diploma in Applied Technologies across six universities next year. Developed by Swinburne University of Technology and Siemens, the diploma will be expanded through University of Western Australia, University of Tasmania, University of South Australia, University of Technology Sydney, … Continue reading Government funds training in advanced manufacturing technologies
Deakin University is to become the first Australian university to offer fully-accredited qualifications in cyber security, with five degrees and masters programs receiving recognition from the Australian Computer Society (ACS), Australia’s peak body for technology professionals. ACS, the only body in Australia with the power to accredit IT courses, has recently added cyber security to … Continue reading Deakin University cyber security courses first to receive accreditation
A new cyber security training facility has officially opened at TAFE SA to provide hands-on training in protection against cyber threats. The new facility, the Training Centre, is located at TAFE SA’s Adelaide City Campus and features a red “attack” room and blue “defence” room that provides students with real-life scenarios, simulations and testing opportunities. … Continue reading Cyber security training centre opens at Adelaide TAFE campus
The Western Australian government has announced the introduction of the first TAFE course in remote operations in Australia. Starting at South Metropolitan TAFE (SMTAFE) Munster campus in 2020, the nationally recognised Certificate IV in Autonomous Control and Remote Operations was developed through the Resource Industry Collaboration, a partnership between the McGowan Government, SMTAFE and Rio … Continue reading Western Australia to offer remote mining operations TAFE qualification
The federal government has launched its new initiative to boost science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) mentoring in regional Queensland. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said the Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) initiative would strengthen industry research connections and collaboration in regional Queensland. “Promoting STEM education is a passion of mine … Continue reading Federal government launches STEM initiative in Queensland
Three primary schools and four secondary schools in Western Australia have been named as finalists in the 2019 Governor’s School STEM Awards. Now in its fifth year, the Governor’s School STEM Awards recognise excellence in delivering an innovative, engaging and whole-of-school approach to science, technology, engineering and maths education. The schools named as finalists have … Continue reading Finalists announced for WA Governor’s School STEM Awards
A Northern Territory-based science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program, the sySTEMic Collaboration, has been recognised at the national level after taking out the award for Best STEM Program at the 2019 Australian Education Awards. The sySTEMic Collaboration, created in response to the Engineers Make Things Happen Report of 2017, is an initiative that seeks … Continue reading Northern Territory STEM education program recognised with award
Western Australia’s primary and secondary schools have been encouraged to apply for the 2019 Governor’s School STEM Awards, which recognise outstanding whole-of-school STEM education. The awards are part of the Western Australian government’s stated goal of increasing STEM participation in WA schools and encourages schools to integrate STEM across the curriculum. In particular, the awards … Continue reading Applications open for WA Governor’s School STEM Awards
The Western Australian government has launched a new science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills strategy. The strategy, which was an election commitment for the McGowan government, was developed by a panel made up of industry experts, researchers and educators, and chaired by WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken. Called “Future Jobs, Future Skills: Driving … Continue reading WA government launches STEM strategy
Students in West Gippsland studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects are now able to use new facilities funded by the Victorian government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited for a tour of the school’s $4.5 million new facilities and to see the recently completed $5.8 million STEM Centre at nearby Warragul Regional … Continue reading New STEM facilities for West Gippsland students
To celebrate International Women’s Day last week, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) opened its doors to more than 50 female STEM students, who heard from two accomplished ANSTO female scientists. ANSTO CEO, Dr Adi Paterson said the event was one of a series of activities that can help young girls to see … Continue reading ANSTO promotes female STEM participation on International Women’s Day
A new national survey indicates that young Australians have positive attitudes towards science, technology, engineering and mathematics pursuing (STEM) skills, but females continue to be less likely to choose subjects and careers in the sector. The survey of attitudes to STEM among 2,000 people aged between 12 and 25 was commissioned by the federal Department … Continue reading National survey finds positive interest in STEM among young people
The continued decline in Australian students enrolling in engineering courses is cause for deep concern, according to a report by Engineers Australia. The 2019 report “Australia’s Next Generation of Engineers” states that the eight years following 2007 saw steady growth culminating in a record level of graduations. Since 2015, however, since completions have been declining. … Continue reading ‘Alarming’ decline in engineering course enrolments, according to Engineers Australia
Engineering has never been a sexy industry. Whether it be structural, process, chemical, civil or mechanical, the stereotype is a usually a male, dressed in overalls with greasy hands building a bridge or running a manufacturing plant. Talk to anybody in the industry and they’ll laugh because they know it’s not true. Not only can it … Continue reading Changing perceptions is key to making engineering sexy again
While mining dominated the list of top earning jobs on Seek in 2013, information and communication technology (ICT) has taken the number-one spot in 2018. The highest paying job, in the 2017/18 financial year, was an architecture role in the ICT sector. The salary came in at $138,144. In the 2012/13 financial year, the mining, resources and energy … Continue reading Technology takes over mining in Seek’s highest paying jobs list
Instrumentation has never been a sexy industry. Peter Veron and Bill Ebzery know this. However, it always used to be an industry that attracted a fair chunk of people – mainly males – to its fold. Today, trying to get people to take a course, or businesses to support apprenticeships, is becoming harder. Veron is … Continue reading Where have all the instrumentation specialists gone?
Swinburne University has introduced its Bachelor of Engineering Practice (Honours), where students will join a simulated engineering practice, work as engineers in teams on industry projects and be supported by engineering mentors throughout the entire course.
Huawei and James Cook University have launched Australia’s first NB-IoT lab, along with the nation’s first IoT engineering degree.