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Recipient of SA Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship Program Secures Full Time Employment

Scholarship program continues to power South Australia’s defence industry workforce.

The South Australian Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship Program is designed to support South Australian university students to undertake industry placements as part of their degree with companies in South Australia’s rapidly growing defence industry.

Flinders University engineering student Matthew Cave recently completed his 20 week placement at APC Technology. Based on his outstanding work, Matt has been offered a permanent position as an undergraduate engineer whilst completing his final year of study.

As one of the inaugural companies to participate in the program, APC Technology committed to a second year following on from the successful placement of Brandon Sears who also accepted a full-time permanent position as a graduate engineer in 2020.

“We initially became involved with the program as it offered an opportunity to tap into the skills and knowledge of leading third-year and honours students,” commented APC managing director Scott Begbie.

“However, the impact of our participation has exceeded expectations with both recipients now a part of the APC engineering team. Matt and Brandon bring fresh ideas, current engineering concepts and skills whilst gaining the opportunity to apply their knowledge to real world engineering projects.”

Premier Steven Marshall said the appointments demonstrated the success of the scholarship program in setting students up for rewarding careers in South Australia’s growing defence sector.

“The scholarship program is proving to be a winner for the individuals, companies and universities involved while delivering on South Australia’s history of producing a highly skilled and job ready workforce to meet defence industry needs,” said Premier Marshall.

“The strong partnerships formed between local defence SMEs and higher education institutions is supporting local businesses to grow their skills base and expertise and creating exciting career pathways for students to capitalise on the growing opportunities that will be coming online as a direct result of the pipeline of defence industry jobs secured for South Australia.”


One on One– Matthew Cave reflects on his placement and future at APC Technology.


The Premier’s Defence Industry Scholarship Program supports the development of a defence-ready workforce by connecting South Australian university students with defence companies through scholarship placements. The South Australian Government-funded program, administered by the Australian Industry Group, offers $600,000 in scholarships over three years to support eligible students to undertake work placements with local defence companies and gain defence industry experience. Scholarships are available to high-calibre students who are completing a degree in science, technology, engineering, maths (STEM) or business, majoring in project management or logistics. The program also provides financial assistance to small and medium defence businesses to support the administration costs of student placements. The program is designed to support the defence industry to build in-demand skills, knowledge and experience, through work-based learning opportunities for university students and addressing key skills demand areas.

Defence SA is South Australia’s lead government agency for all defence matters. Working closely with Defence and industry, Defence SA targets investment and expansion opportunities, drives and supports the delivery of major defence projects and facilities, and pursues the location of additional Defence units and capabilities within the state. Defence SA also plays a key role in supporting the Australian Government’s strategic defence policy through increasing local industry participation and ensuring state-of-the-art infrastructure and a highly skilled, industry-ready workforce is in place to underpin defence projects.

APC Technology media contact: Natasha Davey-Lisle or 0416 435 753

Defence SA media contact: Joanna Tsoukalas or 0403 124 556


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