The GFG Foundation (Australia) aims to empower and enable young people in need to reach their potential, and set them up to seek, gain and remain in employment by:
- encouraging young people to enter and engage in education and training.
- providing opportunities for young people to develop their skills.
The Student Programme is the primary focus of the GFG Foundation in Australia.
The programme helps and supports young people in the communities in which we have a substantial presence. We look to give students in Years 9 and 10 an opportunity to learn outside the school constraints of timetable and curriculum by helping them understand the world of technology, engineering, maths and science and how it relates to business and industry in their own community.
In doing this, we also help our students with self-esteem, so they can become more confident people and they near adulthood, able to interact with adults, communicate their ideas in a public forum and have a better sense of how they can contribute to the world after they leave school.
This year, we are building on the Pilot we ran in Whyalla in 2019, but with double the student numbers.
Our plan is to move into other communities, towns and cities in Australia in the coming years, so we can help many more young people thrive with knowledge and confidence.
The 2020 Student Programme
The Student Programme in 2020
The Programme will run in terms 3 and 4 in Whyalla. We are doubling the capacity from last year’s Pilot for students currently in years 9 and 10. The programme will run online on Tuesday afternoons after school from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. Pending the COVID-19 situation and easing of restrictions, the programme will run at UniSA’s Whyalla Campus.
The programme will engage students in STEM, with connections to local GFG Alliance industry to provide a framework for the meaningful development of student-led projects to address local community challenges. Alongside this, they will also be developing vital enterprise skills, as well as personal skills.
The work is intended to be engaging, sociable and fun, where students think about bigger-picture issues affecting their local environment, develop their own points of view and grow in knowledge and confidence as unique individuals.
Along with CSIRO professionals who will deliver the programme, we will have important input from GFG Alliance Mentors. They are volunteer employees of GFG Alliance, who have a particular interest in helping the youth of Whyalla be their best. They will attend each weekly session to give help, support and advice.
We are very proud to announce two key partners in 2020, that will enable the Student Programme to build on the success we had with the pilot last year. They are the CSIRO and Prince’s Trust Australia.
The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) is an Australian Government agency responsible for scientific research. It is one of the largest and most diverse scientific research organisations in the world.
Notable developments by CSIRO have included the invention of atomic absorption spectroscopy, essential components of Wi-Fi technology, development of the first commercially successful polymer banknote, the invention of the insect repellent, Aerogard, and even the recent development of the meat-free Rebel Whopper for Hungry Jack’s.
CSIRO undertake a range of activities to innovate for the future, helping to build and transform industries of the future which will contribute to Australia’s long term economic prosperity and environmental performance. Through their Education and Outreach team they develop and build Australia’s innovative capability and skills through a range of pipeline development programs that help to build and equip Australia’s future STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) workforce.
CSIRO’s Education and Outreach team has been developing and delivering best practice approaches to STEM education for almost 40 years. They manage a range of high-quality, curriculum-linked programs and resources that reach at least 190,000 students in 2018/19.
Prince’s Trust Australia is part of a global network of charities, set up by HRH The Prince of Wales to transform lives and building sustainable communities across the world.
The Prince’s Trust Group is represented in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and across the Commonwealth. They work in partnership to promote, support and inspire people and their communities to flourish. In Australia, The Prince’s Trust creates thriving communities by contributing to sustainable environments and by supporting military veterans, their families and young people to reach their full potential.
The GFG Foundation has brought together these uniquely talented organisations to further improve and expand on their successful Student Program model, launched last year in Whyalla, working together to deliver the original vision of our founder, Mr Sanjeev Gupta.
We are also very proud to be working with UniSA, through their Whyalla Campus. UniSA provided a first-class venue for the Student Program in 2019 and will continue to do so in 2020.
This important alliance allows students to come together, away from their own schools into a new, stimulating working environment. This also gives students an opportunity to see the great facilities that UniSA offer Whyalla under-graduates, right on their doorstep.