STEM Manufacturing Futures

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

This initiative engaged Year 9 & 10 students from the Geelong region in careers in advanced technologies, innovative manufacturing, design and engineering.  It helped students build awareness of the exciting STEM related advanced manufacturing options available for future employment.  Importantly, it raised awareness of the skills and knowledge required to work in advanced technology sectors.  The program was delivered by the Geelong Regional Vocational Education Council Inc. This program ceased with Skilling the Bay in 2017 and is now being delivered by the Geelong Manufacturing Council in 2018.
There are two strands to the program:

  1. Geelong Future Leaders of Industry
  2. Girls Leading in Advanced Manufacturing


  • Engage Year 9 and 10 students in STEM related advanced manufacturing experiences
  • Raise awareness in Year 9 and 10 students of STEM related pathways to advanced manufacturing
  • Increase levels of educational attainment in STEM related subjects in secondary and post-secondary education
  • Promote STEM related pathways for girls 

Program elements:

  • Visits to selected advanced manufacturing businesses and educational institutions
  • An exploration of leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to succeed in advanced manufacturing along with STEM related skills and knowledge
  • Student work experience is 2 – 3 days duration engaging with real world challenges facilitated by the work placement manufacturing enterprise
  • Scholarships of $200 for participants who demonstrate a commitment to a STEM related educational pathway
  • Encouragement of girls to pursue STEM related career pathways

1. Geelong Future Leaders of Industry – program overview (GFLoI)

This program targeted students from Geelong region schools with one intake of 20 - 25 students annually who undertake a series of hi-tech manufacturing or STEM education site visits with guest speakers and facilitators.  Participants can complete 2 – 3 days of ‘Buddy’ Work Experience’ during the Term 3 school vacation.  The program culminated in a graduation event with high profile speakers. 

2. Girls Leading in Advanced Manufacturing – program overview (GLAM)

GLAM is tailored for females of Years 9 and 10 in the Geelong region to encourage girls’ consideration of a professional pathway in advanced technology, design, engineering or innovative manufacturing.  There was one intake of 15 - 20 students per year.
The program builds on the interests of girls using a creative, problem solving approach to explore a breadth of careers in STEM related industries.  Students participate in a series of events including industry tours, presentations from experts in the field as well as team oriented workshops. 
Throughout the program female industry professionals support the students as they learn about education and training pathways that lead to career opportunities within STEM related and advanced manufacturing fields. 

For more information see STEM Manufacturing Futures

*Fast Facts:

  • 82% of students felt better prepared for a future career in STEM
  • 90% of students had a better understanding of the importance of studying STEM subjects at school
  • Geelong’s manufacturing sector employs 14,000 people across 500 companies
  • The manufacturing sector generates $11.5 billion of the region’s total output
  • Deakin University’s ‘Geelong Technology Precinct’ is at the forefront of global research in the fields of advanced materials, nanotechnology, intelligent systems, biotechnology and the environment
  • Geelong is home to many educational and research institutions including:
    • CSIRO
      • Materials Science and Engineering
      • Marine Sciences
      • Division of Animal Health
    • Deakin University
      • Institute of Technology Research and innovation
      • International Fibre Centre
    • Gordon Institute of TAFE 

*Sourced from the Geelong manufacturing Council and City of Greater Geelong ‘Invest Geelong’ and ‘Open for Business’


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 Ph.Ds with Deakin University’s Carbon Nexus program.

Preparing Geelong for the jobs of the future through education, employment and innovation

Our training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. | Authorised by the Victorian Government, Melbourne.

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