Defence industry speed networks university students

Media release | 28 March 2017

Australia’s biggest defence companies will meet with some of NSW’s smartest university students tonight for a speed networking event to recruit the next generation of NSW defence industry talent.

“The Defence Pitch@Parliament is a speed-networking event to help link the defence industry employers creating the jobs of the future with students who can provide the talent they need,” NSW Minister for Industry Niall Blair said.

“The event brings together 14 defence companies - including major primes like BAE Systems, Thales, Raytheon and Rockwell Collins – and 138 university students studying defence-related disciplines such as science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and information technology.

“This is a win-win for Defence, industry, graduates and for our future economy.

“It delivers on key pillars of the recently released NSW Defence and Industry Strategy, and is an important step in bringing that strategy to life”.

The defence sector needs a broad range of technical skill sets to support procurement and sustainment programs including in engineering, integrated logistics, business development, supply chain management, program management, and ICT skills including in cybersecurity.

Tonight’s event will see the 14 participating companies pitch their appeal as a potential employer before the university students choose a preferred company as a potential employee. NSW Defence Industry Advocate Air Marshal (Ret) John Harvey AM said:

“Defence is a vital contributor to NSW providing over 20,000 jobs and injecting about $7.9 billion into the economy each year. In addition, there are about 6,500 defence industry jobs and a further 29,500 from supporting industries.

“With the Australian Government’s Defence White Paper outlining programs and acquisitions worth more than $195 billion over the decade to 2026, there are significant business, industry and job opportunities for NSW and for the next generation of defence workers. NSW also has a major role in supporting Defence achieve its objectives.

“Our defence industry needs future talent to meet the complex and evolving needs of the Australian Defence Force and to capture industry opportunities in national and global defence supply chains.

“For students, the defence industry offers an exciting and challenging career working at the cusp of advanced manufacturing and technology development.

“Defence Pitch@Parliament will present the industry as a solid career option for students, introduce new technologies and innovations, and connect present and future professionals,” Air Marshal (Ret) Harvey said.

For further information visit NSW Defence and Industry Strategy

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