Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development (SID) School sponsorship
As part of TMR’s Cultural Capability Action Plan and our commitment to the whole-of-government Reconciliation Action Plan, TMR sponsors the Indigenous Australian Science and Infrastructure Development School.
The initiative aims to increase the number of Indigenous students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. Every year TMR works with 25–30 Indigenous students from all over Queensland.
Sponsoring this program demonstrates our commitment to employment and provides a targeted networking opportunity for recipients to study disciplines associated with TMR. More than 130 students (64 male and 74 female) have attended the program since the sponsorship began in 2014.
The SID School Program is coordinated by the QUT Oodgeroo Unit and is about improving employment, economic and social outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students by encouraging their interest in higher education, to make connections with others of similar backgrounds, and connect with current university students from a variety of faculties and disciplines.
By attending and participating in the program students, engage with others from similar backgrounds and participate in experiential activities to see that going to university is one of many post-schooling options available to them.
In 2015 we sponsored the Winter School Program, a 4-day program in Brisbane. We took 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students from years 10 and 11 on tours of our Brisbane Traffic Management Centre and King George Square Busway. We introduced the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student ambassadors to some of our employees including our Director-General. The program allowed us to show the students TMR's career options as well as employee connections.