GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, and his wife Nicola are investing in local youth, inspiring the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers with the official launch of the GFG Foundation program in Australia.

Sixteen Whyalla youth were welcomed as the first ‘Test Pilots’ for the program, which will help young people gain a better understanding of industry and the opportunities it presents.

Mr Gupta said this program would be the start of an “exciting, rewarding and ongoing relationship” between his family foundation and the youth of Whyalla.

“Coming from a family of industrialists, while growing up I had the opportunity to spend time in steel works and engineering plants,” he said.

“That left a lasting impression on me and really inspired me to pursue an active career in industry, so I see the GFG Foundation providing a similar experience for these young people and am very excited about its promise in Australia.”

Mr Gupta said that the key to GFG’s ambitions of reinvigorating the local manufacturing industry in Australia, is ensuring Australia’s next generation has the motivation and skills to enable the nation to be competitive and successful on the world stage.

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Image caption: Our first GFG Foundation ‘Test Pilots’ at the official GFG Foundation launch with GFG Foundation General Manager, Georgina Crumpton, left, South Australian Governor, His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, centre, GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, and City of Whyalla Mayor, Clare McLaughlin, right. Photo courtesy Courtney Hewett Photography.