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STEM Manufacturing Futures

Providing Year 9 & 10 students with options for hi-tech, advanced manufacturing education and employment pathways.

This initiative engages Year 9 & 10 students from the Geelong region in careers in advanced technologies, innovative manufacturing, design and engineering.  It helps students build awareness of the exciting STEM related advanced manufacturing options available for future employment.  Importantly, it raises awareness of the skills and knowledge required to work in advanced technology sectors.  The program was initially delivered by the Geelong Regional Vocational Education Council (to 2017) and is now being delivered by the Geelong Manufacturing Council.

Program Strands

There are two strands to the program, Geelong Future Leaders of Industry (GFLOI) and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing (GLAM) both delivered by the Geelong Manufacturing Council, in partnership with Skilling the Bay and key industry employers.

Programs are open to Year 9 and 10 students from Geelong region schools, catering for approx. 20 students per intake. Students undertake visits to selected advanced manufacturing businesses and educational institutions while exploring leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in advanced manufacturing. 

Students can also complete 2-3 days of ‘Buddy’ Work Experience’ during the Term 3 school vacation if they are 15 years of age or over. The programs culminate with a graduation event including high profile and inspirational speakers.

Geelong Future Leaders of Industry – program overview (GFLOI)

Students undertake a series of hi-tech manufacturing or STEM education site visits with guest speakers and facilitators. Students participate in a series of events including industry tours, presentations from experts in the field as well as team oriented workshops with an emphasis on developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills. 

Girls Leading in Advanced Manufacturing – program overview (GLAM)

Tailored for female students with a focus on advanced technology, design, engineering and innovative manufacturing. A creative, problem solving approach is emphasised to explore a breadth of careers in STEM related industries. The students are supported by female industry professionals support as they learn about education and training pathways that lead to career opportunities.
For more information see STEM Manufacturing Futures


This program built on the long established Alcoa Future Leaders of Industry initiative delivered by GRVEC with great success over many years.  A recent survey of past participants who completed the program between 2006 and 2013 revealed that of the 99 respondents, 98 were in full time employment of whom 49 were in engineering with 2 currently completing PhD's with Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus program.

Most recently participant feedback revealed:

  • 81% of GFLOI and 83% of GLAM students feel better prepared to plan for a future career in a STEM related field. 
  • 82% of GFLOI and 92% of GLAM students will choose subjects that will enable them to pursue an advanced manufacturing or STEM related pathway. 

For more information see STEM Manufacturing Futures

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