ABB continues proud support of the UTS Galuwa Engineering and IT Experience program

2014-07-21 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students encouraged to undertake IT or engineering careers

ABB in Australia is proud to have once again provided sponsorship support for the Galuwa Engineering and IT Experience program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, presented by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

28 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students enjoyed the five-day program that ran from 30 June – 5 July
The successful five-day program ran from 30 June – 5 July, providing 28 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students and three high school teachers, the environment to discover the opportunities a degree in engineering or IT can provide across a diverse range of engineering fields.

In addition, young Indigenous students who have a natural aptitude for maths, creative thinking and problem solving but are still unsure of which career path to follow, benefit from experiencing what it is like to study engineering. They also learn about the wide range of exciting opportunities that exist for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people working in engineering.

Students travelled to the UTS City campus in Sydney from Regional Queensland and New South Wales in order to participate in interactive hands-on workshops led by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology and the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning.

“Galuwa means ‘to climb’ in Gadigal language and this is exactly what ABB and UTS wants Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students to do with this innovative and potentially life-changing program,” said Rebecca Roberts, Country HR Manager for ABB in Australia.

“ABB are confident that proactive initiatives like Galuwa will help close-the-gap on indigenous disadvantage and grow the pool of talented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engineering graduates.”

ABB also contributed to the program by running an interactive session on solar cars and sustainable energy. Students were first introduced to the engineering concepts behind these technologies, then assembled miniature solar cars and operated them using torches. This promoted an appreciation of the practical applications of renewable energy sources.

Maritza Messina, Program Manager for the UTS Engineering and IT Galuwa Experience said, “Our partnership with ABB is very important to the Galuwa Experience as it provides participants with valuable industry insight as well as the chance to connect with engineering professionals. Yet ABB’s commitment to indigenous youth has gone beyond just supporting the delivery of our program to now offering work experience to some of the high school participants. We hope to see these connections translate into enrolments to study Engineering at UTS, an internship with ABB during the student’s studies and then eventually to an offer of employment.”

The sponsorship of the Galuwa program supports several of ABB’s Reconciliation Action Plan objectives, which was launched in May 2013. Building strong and mutually beneficial relationships between indigenous Australians and the broader Australian community makes both business sense and is an example of our commitment to corporate responsibility activities in Australia.

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    Students assembling miniature solar cars and learning about the engineering concepts behind renewable energy.
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