RTL 2017-2021

we have a big problem


...at a time when our society and our economy desperately needs more engineers, technical entrepreneurs, scientists and digital innovators, Australian kids are not choosing STEM

Since we established RTL in 2013, we have investigated this problem through intensive discussions with education experts, a large variety of schools, industry leaders, students, parents and the community.

We believe we have a solution.

The answer is simple, but that doesn't mean it's easy.

We need to expose students, at an early stage, to real industry opportunities and the best professional expertise.

Teachers also need to be exposed to industry practises and the latest technologies. Introducing STEM expertise to schools requires us to recruit the right type of people - people who have profound expertise, but also the know-how to engage and enthuse young people.

We create opportunities to develop this capacity using industry professionals to run five specialised workshops per term at our in strategically-located innovation centres.

Specialised Workshops

People from industry, practising teachers and undergraduates studying education, engineering and digital technology, will have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning or to tinker with a project of their own.

Developing capacity

Industry professionals (such as George and Terry) run these workshops in strategically located innovation hubs. People from Industry, practising teachers and undergraduates studying education, engineering or digital technology participate in our workshops over the course of a term.

Opportunities for attendees

Our workshops will help us identify potential candidates with a capacity to teach in RTL schools and or to become interns in partnering industries.

Professional Development

As well a running our specialised tinkering sessions, We will also run high-end Professional Development aligned to industry. This provides teachers, industry workers and undergraduates with a snapshot of what these specialised workshops could look like.

The monthly PD will also be held at our strategically-located innovation centres.


Schools collaborate in hubs, sharing the cost of hosting monthly industry-aligned professional development to provide teachers, industry professionals and undergraduates (STEM and Education) with the opportunity to take a “deeper dive” through the five fortnightly specialised sessions.

We will also offer complementary tech industries the opportunity to run similar workshops from the innovation hubs.

In Schools

Over five years, we will increase the numbers of RTL days from 8 days in 2017 to 32 by 2021

Over this time we expect to deliver 4610 days of RTL.

RTL operates as a conduit through which industry, educators, schools and professionals can all collaborate to dramatically improve student outcomes in STEM.

If students have early and sustained exposure to the latest industry ideas and practises, the rewards will be enjoyed by all.

  1. Tertiary institutions will be admitting high-calibre students, who are enthusiastic and able to work independently.
  2. Business will be able to employ self-starters with practical, as well as technical, knowledge.
  3. Schools will have access to the latest industry trends and ideas, practical professional development and industry specialists
  4. Most importantly, students will enter adult life with greater confidence, greater focus and the flexible skills needed to participate more succesfully in the workforce.

Ultimately our economy and our society will benefit

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terry cantwell


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