Lockheed Martin Australia Providing Opportunity in the Hunter Region

On July 23 in the Hunter, representatives from Lockheed Martin Australia and RDA Hunter hosted a range of stakeholders, to outline an assortment of opportunities which the two organisations will be seeking local business and community support.

NEWCASTLE, Australia, July 24, 2018- As Williamtown ramps up to welcome Australia’s arriving F-35s, Lockheed Martin Australia today joined Regional Development Australia (RDA) Hunter in Newcastle, to present a range of new opportunities in the Hunter Region to academia, STEM and community organisations.

Representatives from Lockheed Martin Australia and RDA Hunter hosted a range of stakeholders, to outline an assortment of opportunities which the two organisations will be seeking local business and community support.

Speaking at the engagement, Lockheed Martin Australia Chief Executive Vince Di Pietro AM CSC, said working with Australian partners brings best practice and leading-edge concepts and technology to Australia, and provides leading innovation to field sovereign defence capabilities. 



“The activities of the next couple of days in the Hunter region are testimony to the critical contribution of regional Australia to our nation’s defence capability, and Lockheed Martin Australia’s commitment to both regional Australia and small and medium enterprises,” he said. 

“What’s most exciting about Lockheed Martin Australia’s partnership with RDA Hunter and its STEM Workforce Initiative, is that the Hunter will be home to the most technologically advanced capability Australia has ever invested in – the F35.

“Lockheed Martin Australia is investing in a highly skilled workforce in the Hunter region and is committed to a community relations program that invests in the quality of life of communities where our employees live,” he said. 

RDA Hunter Chairman John Turner said RDA Hunter is delighted to be partnering with Lockheed Martin Australia.

“Our partnership will result in workforce and industry development strategies that will maximize the significant economic impact of upcoming defence projects in the Hunter,” he said.
 
“Lockheed Martin Australia’s requirement for additional STEM skilled staff means its acutely important for the region to maintain, and indeed grow, the pool of people available for these positions. 

“We have been working for many years through our STEM Workforce Initiatives to upskill the Hunter’s school students in preparation for STEM careers in defence industries. 

“The new jobs created by the incoming defence projects will strengthen the region’s already booming defence sector. 

“We’re pleased to have the opportunity to work closely with Lockheed Martin Australia to develop new activities that build the workforce they need, while providing Hunter students with pathways to legitimate long-term career opportunities right here in the region.”

“Today’s event has been an invaluable insight into LMA’s workforce development plans and a great opportunity for the company’s executive team to meet the key players in the Hunter’s strong defence eco-system,” continued Mr Turner.

“We’re very much looking forward to coordinating collaboration between Lockheed Martin Australia, the region’s wider defence industry, education and government to build a partnership that delivers economic growth and workforce outcomes in the Hunter.” 


About Lockheed Martin Australia

Headquartered in Canberra, Lockheed Martin Australia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation. The company employs more than 1000 people in Australia working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors.

About Regional Development Australia (Hunter)

Led by a Committee of regional business and community representatives, RDA Hunter is the key economic development organisation in the Hunter region. RDA Hunter actively works in partnerships with the three levels of government, industry, education, other RDAs and local communities to create local jobs, attract investment and innovation, and promote regional economic development in the Hunter. Through engaging with business leaders, RDA Hunter is exploring new opportunities to create a strong local economy and the skilled workforce of the future.