The GFG Industrial Cadets Programme was launched by HRH Prince Charles and Sanjeev Gupta overnight
Brisbane: His Royal Highness Prince of Wales and his Industrial Cadets Ambassador, GFG’s Executive Chairman Sanjeev Gupta, are helping nurture a new generation of skilled manufacturing workers with the launch of the GFG Industrial Cadets Programme in Australia.
The Industrial Cadets Programme was inspired by Prince Charles in 2010 to bridge the generational skills gap evident in the UK. It aims to partner employers with today’s youth to develop skills and enthusiasm, recognising that industry flourishes when employers successfully support young people to enter the workplace through high‐quality workplace experiences. The Industrial Cadets Programme in the UK has been overwhelmingly successful and with GFG’s help, the Australian launch is a first move internationally.
Prince Charles launched the programme at an event hosted by the Queensland Governor to celebrate his 70th birthday. Mr Gupta flew a team from Whyalla – the location of GFG’s main Australian mining, steel and port operations – to meet with Prince Charles. The team included local school principal Damien Judd and aspiring student, 13‐year‐old Grace Smallacombe from a local school in Whyalla.
Speaking in London when the Australian launch was first discussed, Prince Charles reflected on the impact the programme could make in Australia and the possibilities and opportunities that Industrial Cadets could bring to the future of the manufacturing industry in Australia.
Mr Gupta, the Executive Chairman and CEO of GFG Alliance Australia, was appointed by Prince Charles as his official HRH Ambassador for Industrial Cadets in March to help launch the programme in Australia and breathe new life into the future of Australian manufacturing by giving children and young people direct, structured experience of industry while still at school or college.
“In order for Australian industry to compete in a global marketplace, we must ensure that we foster a strong and sustainable talent pipeline,” Mr Gupta said.
“Australian industry faces similar challenges to the UK with a generational gap in industrial skills. I am very confident the GFG Industrial Cadets programme will be as successful here as the cadets have been in the UK.
“The GFG Industrial Cadets programme will aim to provide young people in Australia with valuable experiences and education to ensure that they are able to meet the challenges ahead of them. Having over a thousand students in the UK Industrial Cadet Programme, the GFG Alliance looks forward to growing the programme here in Australia.
“Key to GFG’s ambitions of reinvigorating the local manufacturing industry in Australia, is ensuring Australia’s next generation has the motivation and the skills to enable us to be competitive and successful on the world stage.
“Coming from a family of industrialists, I had the opportunity while growing up to spend time in steel works and engineering plants. That left a lasting impression on me and really inspired me to pursue an active career in industry. I see GFG Industrial Cadets fulfilling the same function and am very excited about its promise in Australia.”
GFG Alliance Australia is launching the programme starting in Whyalla, South Australia, by initiating a partnership with local high schools to provide students high‐quality, accredited work experience whilst being mentored by industry role models. The programme will then be adopted across key towns and cities throughout the country where GFG has a significant presence.
Whyalla Principal, Damien Judd, who attended the launch by Prince Charles said: “What Mr Gupta has done in securing the future of Whyalla is incredible, and we’re excited about the investments and improvements GFG has in the pipeline.
“The fact that he is also looking at inspiring and training the next generation of Whyalla residents through the Industrial Cadets programme shows his real commitment to the future of our city.”
Speaking at the launch, student representative Grace Smallacombe from Whyalla said “It was a real honour to meet Prince Charles and Mr Gupta in Brisbane, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to be mentored by local industry leaders. The cadet programme will allow students to see how the steelworks runs and maybe get a job there in the future”.
About GFG Alliance
GFG Alliance is a leading integrated international group of companies in energy, metals, engineering, logistics and more recently infrastructure, financial services, property and mining, founded and owned by the British Gupta Family. The Alliance’s integrated business model aims to trigger the revival and re‐growth of industry in the countries where it operates. The Alliance’s strategy has sustainability at its heart – both economic and environmental – as a means of delivering long‐term solutions to cyclical industries.
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**Caption: Pictured at the launch are, from left, Whyalla student Grace Smallacombe, His Royal Highness Prince Charles, GFG Alliance Chief Investment Officer, Jay Hambro (back), Industrial Cadets Ambassador and GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, and Whyalla principal, Damien Judd.**