Jalal Semoso, a former Queensland state high school student, has landed a job as a flight dispatcher in Papua New Guinea with local airline, Air Niugini. He’s one of many students who are realising the benefits of their vocational education and training (VET) pathway.
Peter Rolandsen, Jalal’s teacher at Indooroopilly State High School, said that the school participates in the Aerospace Gateway to Industry Schools project, an initiative funded and supported by the Queensland Government that offers students the opportunity to participate in aviation and aerospace specialist programs.
“Our Aviation Studies program offers students the opportunity to work towards a Recreational or Private Pilot’s Licence, while the Aerospace Studies program develops students’ skills and knowledge to enhance students’ future employment prospects in the aerospace industry,” he said.
“Some students have entered the air force straight after school or have undertaken further study or training to enter occupations like air traffic controllers, pilots, maintenance engineers and flight dispatchers; some have gone on to gain direct entry into the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology or Griffith University.
“Hearing how students like Jalal have taken their passion and interest in aviation and grown it into a successful career is truly heart-warming,’” said Mr Rolandsen.
“I feel a strong sense of pride in having had a part to play in helping them nurture their passion and shape their careers”.
Jalal, who graduated from school in 2011, recently contacted his former teacher, Mr Rolandsen, to express his gratitude and share his early career achievements.
“I learnt a lot from the aviation and aerospace studies classes and I have definitely put that knowledge into practice. I work closely with the pilots and provide flight plans for each flight, organise ferries to international airports and flight following … the base of all my aviation and aerospace knowledge has come from my aerospace classes at Indooroopilly High.