Last night, Shoal won the Graduate Program of the Year at the inaugural Space Connect Australian Space Awards 2020. Celebrating the best of the best in Australia’s space industry, the Awards recognised the outstanding contribution of professionals and businesses working within the industry across 22 categories.

“We are delighted to be recognised by winning this award,” said Shaun Wilson, Head of Business Development, who accepted the award in Sydney on behalf of Shoal. “It’s an honour to be recognised amongst such an accomplished field. I’d particularly like to thank our Head of People and Culture, Mel Ciplys, Shoal Intern and Graduate Coach, Nikita Sardesai, and the whole team at Shoal, for fostering the development of our future workforce.”

Shoal’s graduate program aims to attract, recruit, develop and retain a team aligned with Shoal’s values and equipped to deliver excellence to clients and business partners across the space sector. It begins well before formal employment, with responsibility for delivery spread across our team, who support and deliver across People & Culture, Programs, Marketing and Leadership.

Shoal was finalist in six categories of the Australian Space Awards, with individual team members recognised in the following categories:

  • Executive of the year – congratulations to our Chief Engineer, Kevin Robinson
  • Graduate of the year – congratulations to our Systems Engineer, Conor MacDonald
  • Engineer of the year – James Dean. James worked with Shoal for over three years.

Shoal Group was a finalist in:

  • Business of the year – SME
  • Defence business of the year
  • Graduate program of the year.

“We are all tremendously proud of our team’s achievements in being recognised amongst the best in Australia’s space industry,” says Shaun. “It reinforces our position as leaders and further credentials our two decades of experience in the Australian space sector.”

Shaun Wilson accepting Shoal's award