Update - January 2009

« Back to article list

2008 was a great year for NAMIG, culminating in the highly successful C2C Expo that was staged at Golden Grove on 12 November 2008 and attended by His Excellency the Governor of South Australia and many employers.  For more information on the 2008 C2C Expo click here.

During 2008 approximately 700 students from 11 secondary schools participated in semester-length C2C projects.

Year 9 and 10 students formed small teams and came up with their own concepts for projects.  The concepts were then developed with the assistance of students from UniSA and industry mentors to create the products which were proudly showcased at the C2C Expo.

Building on this introduction to Advanced Manufacturing, project management, employability and enterprise skills, C2C schools were given the opportunity for students to take part in two industry initiated projects.  Students from four schools took part in the Genesis Uninhabited Air Vehicle (UAV) Project run by BAE Systems and RAAF.  And students from five C2C schools participated in the Suburban Wetlands Acquisition Testing Project (SWAT) run by BAE Systems in conjunction with the City of Salisbury and UniSA.  For more information on the industry projects click here.

In November 2008 BAE Systems announced an exciting new scholarship programme for C2C students enrolling in a course at university or TAFE that aligns with BAE requirements.  The primary purpose of the scholarships is to encourage, inform and reward students that have been part of the C2C programme to take up tertiary education.  The scholarship will be managed by NAMIG.

Plans for 2009

In October 2008 Bernie Fitzsimons joined NAMIG as General Manager.  Bernie brings a wealth of experience to the role most recently with the Australian Technical College and Catholic Education SA.  Bernie’s appointment, coupled with the commitment of State and Federal funding until the end of 2010 will allow NAMIG and its partners to further develop and improve the full scope of the C2C Program’s suite of projects and activities.

It is anticipated that the number of students engaged in full-semester projects will increase to over 1000 in 2009. This will be achieved by:

  • Offering the programs to a larger number of schools.
  • Developing distinct programs at a range of year levels to create a progression of the C2C suite of programs both through and across the curriculum of schools. For more information on the C2C programs click here.
  • Illustrating the opportunities that C2C programs deliver for emerging educational directions, particularly Future SACE.
  • Promoting a broader definition of advanced manufacturing.
  • Further engagement with the tertiary components of the education and training sector.

The industry-led advanced projects were a great success last year and will be built upon in 2009.  BAE Systems and RAAF have agreed to run the UAV Project once again. BAE Systems will also sponsor the SWAT Project again in 2009.

It is anticipated that more of these projects will be developed to cater for the diversity in student interests and industry needs, commencing in 2009 with a Vehicle Tracking Device (VTD) project offered by GM Holden.

Next article »