Indigenous students encouraged to explore careers in the power sector

Indigenous students encouraged to explore careers in the power sector
ABB Australia general manager Axel Kuhr (standing third from the left) with AIME representatives and Koomurri artists during NAIDOC celebrations in 2014

Power and automation technology group, ABB, has teamed up with the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) to support the educational aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

AIME is an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school and transition into university, training or employment at the same rate as all Australian students.

ABB managing director Axel Kuhr said the partnership represents a commitment to advance meaningful opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.

“AIME and ABB Australia both share a vision of building a better world for all our kids, and that is why we see this partnership as the perfect fit,” he said.

“AIME has proven to dramatically increase the chances of indigenous students completing high school and going on to further education, training or employment.”

AIME started in 2005 with 25 Indigenous mentees and 25 university student mentors. This year, AIME is poised to reach 4500 mentees and 1600 mentors. The program is active in 340 high schools and 33 university campuses located in all mainland states and the ACT.

As well as helping to fund the important work of AIME, ABB will provide AIME with engineering specialists to educate and encourage students to take up careers in the fields of engineering and technology and offer work experience or apprenticeship opportunities.

ABB will also participate in initiatives to celebrate Indigenous success, such as National Hoodie Day.