Santos calls for young engineers

TORRES Strait islanders and indigenous Australians have been invited by Santos and the University of Adelaide to join a five-day camp which promotes the benefits of a career in engineering.
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Kevin Gallagher

Staff Reporter

The oil company and university have established the Santos Karnkanthi indigenous Engineering School, open to aboriginal or Torres Strait islander children in years 11 or 12 the opportunity to join the camp in Adelaide.
Taking place from July 8-13, the program will involve students taking part in visits to engineering businesses, sports engineering with elite sports people and coding activities with robots. A highlight of the program will be a structural engineering workshop of Adelaide Oval, including a roof climb experience, reports.
Santos chief executive Kevin Gallagher said Santos was passionate about paving the way for a brighter future for indigenous students through educational opportunities.
"This partnership will help to create training and employment opportunities for indigenous students and encourage them to develop an interest and passion for engineering so they can forge a career in our important industry," Gallagher said.
Professor Shane Hearn, dean of indigenous research and education at the University of Adelaide, welcomed the new partnership with Santos.
"The word Karnkanthi means ‘lifting up' in the Kaurna language, and that's exactly what we're aiming to do for young indigenous people, thanks to this new initiative with Santos.
"By participating in this unique experience, young people who have the talent to succeed will gain a deeper understanding of the opportunities available to them through careers in engineering.
Gallagher said dozens of students had already applied to join the school, with more than 50% of applicants being girls.
Applications close on June 15 and more information about the camp, and how to apply, can be found at