Air Force recognises that diversity is a key to capability and as a result has actively implemented a range of diversity orientated initiatives. One initiative aimed at increasing female recruitment and promoting Air Force as an employer of choice to young women, is through the hosting of experiential Flight Camps and Technical Camps.
Air Force’s inaugural Flight Camp for young women was held at RAAF Base Amberley in September 2013 and the inaugural Technical Camp was held at RAAF Base Wagga in October 2013. Year 10, 11 and 12 female students from QLD, NSW and the ACT were selected to participate in a series of events, with 100% of the participants indicating post exercise that they intend to submit an application to join the Air Force.
The camps run over several days and provide young women, aged between 16 and 18, an opportunity to explore the exciting aviation and technical trade careers available within the Air Force. Whilst being exposed to military aviation operations, the participants also experience the day to day routine of an Air Force base and have several opportunities to engage with current Air Force members and Defence Force Recruiting specialists to discuss possible careers within the military.
Air Force intends to host similar camps around Australia in support of young women wishing to pursue military aviation related opportunities. Any young women keen to apply for future camps in their area should visit the Defence Work Experience Program website to register their interest.
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