Australia’s best and brightest young mathematical minds are to be put to work as interns on small business projects across Australia, the Government has revealed.
The policy, introduced by Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry Richard Marles, is a three year $1.7 million agreement, which will place interns in fields as diverse as manufacturing, computer program design and medical imaging.
The move comes as part of a new arrangement between the Government’s Enterprise Connect Program and the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI), and will place at least 20 interns a year on developments requiring mathematical and scientific skill.
“This agreement is a win-win for businesses and interns alike.” Mr Marles said.
“Businesses will be able to tap into new expertise to help drive their innovation, while the interns will have an invaluable opportunity to apply their skills in practical situations.”
One such project is the new solar-powered level-crossing controller being developed by NSW South Coast electronics firm Partech Systems in conjunction with a researcher from the University of Wollongong.
Mr Marles said he hoped the partnership between AMSI and enterprise connect could work in much the same manner as researchers in business, and help the industry to become more competitive internationally.
“It is about using the vast scientific knowledge in our tertiary education sector to foster innovation, increase productivity and support jobs in Australian businesses.
“Ultimately, this new focus on linking clever young Australians with clever businesses will significantly improve Australia’s international competitiveness.”