At Raytheon Australia, we take a strategic approach to corporate philanthropy and look for opportunities where we can make a difference and have a lasting impact in the communities where we live and work. We focus our corporate responsibility efforts on the following areas: supporting the reintegration of the nation’s veterans; science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education for school students; and supporting the mission of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Supporting The Reintegration Of Our Nation's Veterans
Supporting our nation’s veterans and honouring their contribution to the national security of our country is a responsibility that belongs to all of us, particularly during the period of transitioning from service to civilian life. To cement Raytheon Australia’s commitment, in 2016 we initiated a three-year, $150,000 partnership with Soldier On, one of Australia’s leading veteran support organisations.
Our $150,000 commitment provides funding for Soldier On’s Canberra based Veteran and Family Support Officer, who is at the frontline of helping contemporary veterans and their families access social connectedness activities, training, education, and job programs. This officer interacts with more than 500 veterans every year, making them a valuable resource to help achieve the best reintegrated generation of serving and ex-serving men and women in Australia’s history.
In 2017, we have expanded our support and committed a further $125,000 over three years to provide workforce transition services and support to Soldier On’s Veteran and Family Support Officer, who currently assists veterans and their families across South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Our partnership with Soldier On helps ensure veterans and their families have the tools and resources they need to continue their careers after their days of active service come to an end.
In addition to the corporate support provided by the company, our employees are also passionate about supporting those that have served and sacrificed for our country. Employees participate in a range of fundraisers and workplace events to raise further funds for this cause.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Education
Training and knowledge are critically important in today’s business environment. This is also true of the next generation preparing to enter the workforce. Each year, Raytheon invests in programs to help encourage and develop valuable science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills that can create sustainable careers for future innovators.
Around 75 per cent of the fastest-growing global industries require skills in science, technology, engineering and maths, and we are acutely aware of the need to motivate young people to continue their studies in these areas to develop the necessary workforce skills for the nation’s future.
In 2017, Raytheon celebrates a decade of partnership with Questacon, The National Science and Technology Centre – a decade of working together to create interactive experiences that engage primary and secondary school students in a journey of lifelong learning in STEM.
To mark this momentous occasion, Raytheon and Questacon have announced a new program to deliver classroom engineering workshops to primary school teachers.
Developed by the Museum of Science in Boston, Engineering is Elementary has been a highly successful STEM initiative in the United States and Raytheon will be supporting Questacon in delivering a pilot of the program to Australian schools. The Australian Engineering is Elementary program will provide teachers with a framework to deliver content aligned with the Australian Curriculum that engages teachers using hands-on problem solving through engineering solutions. To find out more click here.
Raytheon is committed to delivering real outcomes in STEM education and ensuring the nation’s future workforce has the skills they need to be successful.
As an extension of the company’s support for STEM education, Raytheon also partners with Playford International College in Adelaide, South Australia to provide the ‘Innovation in STEM’ scholarship. Awarded to a student in Years 8 to 10 who has shown drive, initiative and interest in STEM disciplines, this scholarship reaffirms the value next generation scientists and engineers will play in sustaining industry and national security.
Defence Force Support
Raytheon Australia continues to support the mission of the Australian Defence Force through sponsorship of numerous awards and prizes presented at Defence colleges around the country. These include:
- The Raytheon Australia award, presented to the graduate who places first in the Defence and Strategic Studies Essay at the Royal Military College Duntroon;
- The E.S Cunningham Prize, presented to the New Entry Officer who demonstrates outstanding leadership, officer-like qualities, and good influence amongst colleagues on course at the Royal Australian Naval College; and
- The Raytheon Australia Sword of Excellence, presented annually to the dux of the Royal Australian Navy’s Submarine Warfare Officers Course.
As a sponsor for over ten years, these awards demonstrate our trusted partnership with our customer and our commitment to the education of our next generation of service personnel.