St Columban’s College, Caboolture has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Queensland Government Air (QGAir), which will see students given the opportunity to get hands-on Queensland Government aviation industry experience.
At the college Explore Your Future event, Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, the Honourable Mark Ryan announced the MOU alongside QGAir General Manager, Samantha Stream.
“We’ve got five helicopters and six planes (QGAir), and they’re used in emergencies,” MP Ryan explained.
“So, when you see those really bad accidents, it’s usually a government helicopter that turns up and rescues people, puts them in the helicopter, takes them to the hospital.
“Or if there’s an emergency in a far-flung place, we’ll put our special emergency response team police officers on that plane, so that they can fly as quickly as they can to help people in need.”
MP Ryan went on to talk about what the MOU means for St Columban’s College students.
“So, Michael (college principal), I’m really pleased to say that we’ve (government) been able to sign an MOU with your school, which means that there is a pathway now for kids to get exposed to the work of Queensland Government Air,” MP Ryan outlined.
“To have that awareness of what Queensland Government Air does, but also the opportunity to get a bit of work experience and hear a little bit more about what they do..,” Mark Ryan concluded.
Samantha Stream echoed MP Ryans sentiments and also expressed her passion for the partnership.
“We signed this MOU last year with this school, which is something that I’m very passionate about – and bringing youth into the aviation industry, particularly in government,” Ms Stream exclaimed.
“So, it was absolutely fantastic to be able to be a part of that.
“So, joining with your school is a very exciting opportunity for us.
“I’d love to have some students come through and do work experience, very much open to that.”
In response, college principal, Michael Connolly thanked both parties for their support and moving forward with the partnership. For further information on how you can get your son or daughter involved with these aviation industry opportunities, visit the St Columban’s College website.