Dr Rochelle Macdonald, Executive General Manager of Squadron Energy, says investing in our future leaders is a fundamental part of energy transformation.
“We are proud to be partnering with the University of Wollongong to provide our next generation of business and policy leaders with practical opportunities to work in the renewable energy industry,” Dr Macdonald said.
“Engaging students in transformation projects is one way we can work towards a renewable energy future – locally and globally.”
Launched by the University of Wollongong in 2018 and the first of its kind in Australia, the Global Leaders Development Program offers high achieving secondary school leavers the choice of two UOW degrees across the disciplines of Business and Law.
Students undertake internship placements with an Australian company during their degree, and spend their second year of study across UOW’s global locations in Singapore, Dubai and Hong Kong.
UOW Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Innovation, Enterprise and External Relations) Professor Alex Frino says the University is looking forward to students having the opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge with the team at Squadron Energy.
“Students emerge from the program with unparalleled professional and life experience, preparing them to be successful graduates entering the workforce,” Professor Frino said.
“We are excited to be embedded in Squadron Energy, a company that is actively making a difference in the renewable energy landscape here in Wollongong and across Australia.”
Dr Macdonald says students are the future of the Wollongong community’s sustainability.
“The next generation is already so engaged in environmental challenges, possibly more than ever. This partnership will enable us to embrace this and encourage future leaders to take action – and we all know our community and our planet needs this more now than ever,” Dr Macdonald said.
Squadron Energy is constructing the Port Kembla Energy Terminal, which will import more than 70 per cent of NSW’s gas needs, before being re-purposed for hydrogen when the market is ready. The Australian-owned company is also designing Australia’s largest dual fuel power station, designed to transition to hydrogen which means there will be no longer-term dependence on fossil fuels.