May 24, 2011

Geelong’s Future Leaders of Industry announced

Eighteen local secondary school students have taken the first critical steps towards a career in manufacturing after being awarded Alcoa Future Leaders of Industry scholarships.

The program, initiated by Alcoa and Geelong Regional Vocational Education Council (GRVEC) in 2006, aims to encourage secondary students to consider the many and varied career opportunities in the local manufacturing sector.
Alcoa’s Point Henry Operations Manager Stewart Esdale said the program was developed on the principle that Geelong industries need to be able to attract, develop, retain and have access to the best employees.
“The Alcoa Future Leaders of Industry program provides students with an insight into the manufacturing industry while helping to raise the sector’s profile in the Geelong region.  It is designed to encourage young people to consider a career in manufacturing and follow a study path which could lead to employment opportunities,” Mr Esdale said.
GRVEC’s Executive Officer Lynne Clarke said the program shines a spotlight on the diverse career opportunities in the manufacturing sector, right here in Geelong. 
“Manufacturing businesses in our region are developing new and innovative products and processes in areas as diverse as Automotive, Food, Chemicals, Refining, Timber processing, Metals, Textiles, Clothing and Footwear, and Engineering.”
During the six month program, scholarship recipients will engage in a wide variety of activities through a series of structured events including a leadership workshop, tours of local companies, a ‘Buddy’ week where participants are paired up with an employee at local industries, a communication and work readiness skills training day, a Gordon TAFE tour and activities day, a Deakin University visit and participation in a panel session with industry experts.
The 2011 future leaders were recognised by their peers, schools, family and local industry at the recent launch held at Alcoa Point Henry.  Each Scholarship recipient received $250 to be held in trust by their school for education purposes and safety equipment required for on-the-job training.
Participating schools include Matthew Flinders Girls College, Bellarine Secondary College, St Ignatius College, Sacred Heart College, Lara Secondary College, Western Heights Secondary College, Geelong High School and Grovedale College.
Alcoa and GRVEC acknowledge the 14 local businesses who are supporting the 2011 Alcoa Future Leaders of Industry program - AGB Group, GD Manufacturing Engineers, Uptime Services Management Pty Ltd, Air Radiators Pty Ltd, Backwell IXL, LyondellBasell Australia Pty Ltd, Kempe International, Lakis Engineering Pty Ltd, Reid Engineering Pty Ltd, ICD Asia Pacific Pty Ltd, Kinetic Engineering Services Pty Ltd, Boundary Bend Limited, Worley Parsons and Wathaurong Glass and Arts Pty Ltd. The Geelong Manufacturing Council is also a major supporter of the program.
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