The GFG Foundation in the UK aims to empower and enable young people to reach their potential, and set them up to seek, gain and remain in employment by:
- encouraging young people to enter and engage in education and training
- providing opportunities for young people to develop their skills
The GFG Foundation developed its first national partnership in the UK with the highly acclaimed Industrial Cadets programme, inspired by His Majesty King Charles III and delivered by the Engineering Development Trust (EDT). The Industrial Cadets programme delivers activities with 9–21-year-olds in schools and the workplace, aiming to provide high quality accredited skills development across science, technology, engineering and maths.
A critical part of the programme is the involvement of GFG Alliance employees, who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience to develop the next generation.
Over 7,000 students have been supported through these programmes by the GFG Foundation, helping young people to learn more about industry and the world of work.
GFG Foundation Student Programme
Delivered by EDT, in partnership with the GFG Foundation. This fun and engaging programme is a mix of in-school and after-school activities, with an opportunity to work with industry mentors to develop STEM-based projects that will benefit the local community and have a strong link to the environment and sustainability.
With hands-on activities, industry excursions, STEM projects, and the opportunity to meet industry professionals, this programme supports the development of STEM and enterprise skills and helps students to investigate career pathways. There is a strong focus on supporting students to develop communication and presentation skills, helping to build self-confidence and self-esteem.
Maximum of 6 students per team – Students typically from Years 8, 9 or 10.
15-week programme – Focused on STEM and life skills.
Community based project – Project work that will benefit the local community and have a strong link to the environment and sustainability.
At least 1 mentor per team – Opportunity for students to meet industry professionals and help for students to investigate career pathways.
Launch and celebration events – Students get to meet their mentors and showcase their projects.
Accredited to Industrial Cadet Bronze Award – Industry recognised qualification.
In partnership with Rewise Learning, over 200 young people have taken part in a ‘Geared up for STEM’ workshops in Newport, South Wales.
Students were tasked with building and coding a remote-control car, with assistance from mentors from the nearby LIBERTY Steel site, which is part of the GFG Alliance.
The GFG Foundation also provides several student scholarships by working in partnership with the following organisations: