Tomorrow's Workforce and Leaders
 
Our focus on workplace readiness skills for adults, engaging young learners in science, maths, engineering and technology studies and driving increased diversity, is helping foster the leaders of tomorrow.  Rapid structural changes in the economy mean that future jobs will require a set of upgraded skills.
 
 
Future Leaders of Industry Scholarship Program
Portland's Future Leaders of Industry Scholarship program is aimed at encouraging Portland and Heywood students to consider the many and varied career opportunities available in local industry.

The program was born of Portland Aluminium's need to consider future workplace planning. Like all employers in the region, Portland Aluminium wanted to attract, develop and retain the best employees.
 
The program was introduced at Portland Aluminium in 2005 and has now grown to include many partnering businesses including Glenelg & Southern Grampian’s Local Learning & Employment Network, Wannon Water, Keppel Prince, Port of Portland, Portland District Health, Hatch Engineering Alliance, Glenelg Shire Council, Pacific Hydro and ECL Services.
 
In the scholarship scheme, 21 students in Years 10 – 12 who are studying at each of the Portland and District Secondary Schools will be awarded scholarships.

Each scholarship comprises $500 to be held in trust by the recipients’ schools and used to assist in schooling needs such as purchasing study aides i.e. text books computers etc, tuition fees or anything that the students feel will be of a benefit to them in their studies.

Scholarship recipients are also introduced to various aspects of industry through structured events, aimed at providing insight into how industry operates. These events include an introduction to business day combining inductions, presentations by partner businesses and a tour of the operations; a mentoring day where students are matched with Portland Aluminium or partner business employees and participate in activities, meetings and other related aspects in their field of interest; a presentation skills day; a leadership day; and a careers in industry day where students are addressed by local university, TAFE and job network representatives about study options and career choices.

There is also a Future Leaders of Industry Engineering Scholarship program for students enrolled in Deakin, RMIT, Monash and Melbourne Universities. The scholarships are directed towards engineering disciplines that are critical to maintaining capacity in regional Victoria. Each of the scholarships also has a 12-week work placement component. To find out more about the scholarships click here 


Portland FLOI 2009

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Portland Future Leaders of Industry scholarship recipients at the program launch in July

Case study


2009 participant Sabrina Vandermey provides a student's perspective on her experience of the program
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