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12 October 2017

Australian Government uses RDA Hunter's Smart Specialisation Strategy as international case study.

Representatives from the Australian Government attended a Mining in the Regions conference hosted by the OECD in Antofagasta, Chile in early October. A case study about the Hunter region and its Smart Specialisation Strategy for the Hunter Region was shared by the Government as part of the ideas exchange.

RDA Hunter's Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) is a regional plan for innovation-driven industry growth. It establishes an agenda for economic transformation in the Hunter region by analysing and defining regional competencies and determining new areas of opportunity and competitive strength so that resources can be effectively channeled.

The Smart Specialisation Strategy for the Hunter Region is receiving valuable buy-in across academia, industry and government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launches the RDA Hunter S3 Program

Caption: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull launches the RDA Hunter S3 Program

RDA Hunter's STEMship provides real employment pathways

Phase Two of the STEMship™ program recently saw 16 students graduate with 2017 apprentice-specific enterprise skills. STEMship™ is a Hunter-based program developed in 2016 by RDA Hunter, the Department of Industry—Training Services NSW and delivered by Hunter TAFE. In 2017, the program is being coordinated and delivered by RDA Hunter and funded by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet.

STEMship engaged 18 students from across the region in a 17-week program aimed at equipping them with STEM and enterprise skills in readiness for jobs in Hunter industry. The 2017 program saw a re-focus on student's commercial awareness, creative and innovative thinking, problem solving, communication, negotiation and persuasiveness skills combined with STEM-based technical skills.

Graduates of the 2017 STEMship Program

Caption: Graduates of the 2017 STEMship Program

RDA Hunter's ME Program develops new aeroskills course

There will be significant growth in employment, training and apprenticeship opportunities in the aerospace sector in the Hunter region resulting from jet fighter maintenance contracts being awarded to Defence organisations in the Williamtown area near Newcastle and the development of Newcastle airport to cater for international flights.

RDA Hunter and TAFE NSW are proposing that local students from the Hunter region be provided with the opportunity to gain school based training in Aeroskills. This NSW Educational Standards (NESA) endorsed course will provide the Hunter's young people access to the aerospace industry via a Certificate II in Aeroskills Pathway in Year 11/12 through EVET and possible school-based traineeship pathways.

ME Program Students at BAE Systems

Caption: ME Program Students at BAE Systems

Further information about these projects and other RDA Hunter initiatives are available from the RDA Hunter website News and Events page.