GMC’s workforce & skills programs underway

June 23, 2022

GMC launched the 2022 cohorts of two important workforce and skills programs in June. With skills and staff in high demand across the manufacturing sector, these programs work to address immediate upskilling of staff, as well as building awareness of “employers of choice” and roles in the sector for secondary students at a time when they’re seriously considering their options.

Building a future workforce

The Geelong Future Leaders of Industry and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing programs welcomed almost 40 Year 9 and 10 participants from schools around Geelong at the official program launch at The Gordon Auditorium. Students will spend a day a month during school term visiting our region’s manufacturers, meeting leaders and role models, and exploring the breadth of rewarding career options in advanced manufacturing, engineering and STEM trades. The launch audience were treated to a presentation by Ross George, Managing Director of multi-award winning Austeng, and participants were presented with PPE sponsored by Air Radiators, for use in their upcoming workplace tours.

Traditionally participants in these programs have been interested in tertiary pathways, so we are excited that this year we’ve added a stream for students interested in trade and traineeship pathways (GFLOI-VET).

The Geelong Future Leaders of Industry and Girls Leading Advanced Manufacturing are supported by Skilling the Bay and industry partners.

Building leadership capacity

Eighteen participants in GMC’s 2022 Leadership for Manufacturing Excellence will put skills learned immediately into practice as they implement a workplace improvement project as part of the program. The program provides participants the opportunity to increase their leadership skills in the areas of innovation, lean, project implementation and business culture, helping them to succeed in today’s manufacturing environment. While building leadership capacity, the long-running program also delivers a significant ROI via the integrated workplace project.