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Foundation discusses establishing subsidiary in Australia

Date Posted: 03 July 2018

As preparations to bring a new industry training program to Whyalla continue, representatives from GFG Foundation visited the steel city to speak with local schools that may be involved in the initiative.

The Australian GFG Cadets program was launched in Brisbane earlier this year. GFG plan to pilot the program in Whyalla in 2019 through a partnership with local high schools.

“GFG Cadets is a progressive program where teams of young people in groups of four to six work on engineering projects,” Mr Smith said.

“It’s teacher-led, but the participants also work with a role model or mentor in the business. The aim is to get them to understand more about that form of work.

“It helps them realise what opportunities for employment are available through studying the STEM subjects.”

The program would be offered to students in late primary school right through to Years 11 and 12.

EJEHS Principal Tim Kloeden said the program would play an important part in students’ educational pathway.

“The key to this will be working in partnership with GFG to make sure we can align the program with what’s already happening here at this school,” he said.

“That way we can make sure it’s a real positive opportunity for a whole range of students in Whyalla.”

When asked whether a the initiative could involve a partnership with Whyalla’s TAFE SA or University of South Australia campus, Mr Kloeden said that would need to be ‘further explored’.

“The more partners we can get together, the greater success this program could have,” he said.

You can see some footage of this meeting here