A new regional program will be launched this year to attract, develop and retain aspiring leaders while connecting them with local industry.
The Future Leaders of Industry Warrnambool pilot program will introduce participants to regional employment opportunities while they develop first-hand knowledge and understanding of how workplaces operate.
Deakin University’s Warrnambool campus, Wannon Water, South West TAFE and Warrnambool City Council are partners in the project and Karen Foster has been appointed project coordinator.
Future Leaders of Industry will aim to retain young leaders and sustain economic growth for the region and is based on a successful program developed in Portland.
It is a school-based program aimed at Year 11s studying at schools in Warrnambool, Moyne or Corangamite Shires.
It involves program days, group activities, team building and participants being matched with industry-based mentors.
Deakin University Warrnambool community engagement manager Geraldine Moloney said the program would give aspiring leaders foundational skills and knowledge to progress their careers.
“Learning from the experiences of established leaders across business and industry provides vital insight and relevant learning,” Ms Moloney said.
Ms Moloney said that following the program, participants would have an increased awareness of job opportunities in the region which would assist in the successful transition into further or tertiary study.
The pilot program will aim to develop diverse career-building skills.