Applications now open for Ballarat Seed2STEM 2024 Program

November 2, 2023

Program Overview

The Seed2STEM program, funded by the Federal Government, aims to cultivate awareness of STEM careers opportunities and provide mentoring opportunities for young women in manufacturing. The program spans two years (2024 and 2025) and comprises a STEM careers awareness immersion program for Year 9 and 10 girls and a 9-month structured mentoring program for women in the manufacturing or engineering sector.


Key Objectives

The primary objective of the girls’ industry immersion program is to inspire more girls to pursue STEM subjects, fostering a future where young women contribute as leaders in manufacturing. This is achieved through a series of half-day industry tours hosted by our partner companies.


Our Partners

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the following companies for their commitment to Seed2STEM:

  • Ferndale Foods
  • Goldacres
  • Nicholson Constructions
  • John Holland
  • Amazon
  • Central Highlands Water
  • Powercor
  • Rail Academy
  • McCains
  • Vitrafy Life Sciences
  • Gekko
  • Alstom
  • Boral
  • Rijk Zwaan
  • AME Systems
  • GM Kinetic
  • Haymes Paints
  • Daylesford Cider
  • UGL

Special Acknowledgments

We would like to acknowledge Kirstyn Hall from the Ballarat Tech School for her valuable contributions to the design of the industry immersion tour program. Additionally, our gratitude extends to Gforce, Michael Poulton at the Committee for Ballarat, Jodie Gillet at Commerce Ballarat, Womens Health Grampians, and the Highlands Local Learning and Employment Network for their support.


Seed2STEM 2024 Schedule

The development of the Seed2STEM industry tour program is well underway. Aligned with the Ballarat Tech School’s Girls in STEM program, the tour program spans eight days across the year, with two tours per school term. Dates for each company tour are being finalised.


Participant Recruitment

Do you know a young woman interested in participating in Seed2STEM? Encourage them to contact our Project Coordinator, Shayna Ogden, at 0412 123 821 or [email protected].


Call for Partners

Shayna Ogden, our dedicated Project Coordinator in Ballarat, is actively seeking partnerships with additional local companies interested in contributing to the industry immersion program and our 9-month structured mentoring program for women in manufacturing or engineering. If your company is interested, please reach out to Shayna.


Seed2STEM Official Launch

Save the date for the official launch of Seed2STEM on Friday, 24th November, from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. Invitations will be sent out shortly.

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to an inspiring and impactful Seed2STEM program!


More information on Seed2STEM program

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