Gateway to Industry Schools Programs

Gateway to Industry Schools Programs2023-03-22T11:15:44+10:00

The Gateway to Industry Schools program is a key industry engagement strategy for the department and aligns with the department’s vision for all Queenslanders to have the skills and opportunities to participate and prosper in the economy.

The programs enable young people to acquire the knowledge, skills and attributes to participate effectively in the Queensland economy and provides opportunities for industry and the education sector to work together to deliver outcomes for students, local communities and businesses.

The AITC has formed long term connections to support our young people on their journeys to success and are members of the following Gateway to Industry Schools Programs –

Advanced Manufacturing Gateway Schools

(All schools). The Advanced Manufacturing Gateway to Industry Schools project (GISP_AM) encourages sustainable partnerships between industry, government and community to build Queensland’s manufacturing and engineering workforce for the future. Gateway to Industry teachers and students engage with industry from both trade and professional backgrounds. The GISP_AM provides industry insights, evidence and connections to the advancing manufacturing industries. A range of experiences are offered to broaden science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) knowledge and develop best practice models of pipelining talent to advanced manufacturing industries, including:

  • aerospace and defence
  • digital and print media
  • construction
  • textiles, leather, clothing and footwear
  • mining equipment, technology and
Aerospace Gateway Schools

Hosted by Aviation Australia, the Aerospace Gateway Schools Project team works collaboratively with the school, partnering industry and participating employers to ensure a strong industry focus to structured learning opportunities; provides a calendar of activities and structured learning opportunities including guest speakers, structured workplace training, work experience placements and teaching staff currency opportunities; facilitates enduring partnerships that support the future employment of young people in the industry; publishes regular e-newsletters and manage a dedicate resource portal, marketing activities and social media channels linked to the program; organises specific program activities such as the annual two day Teacher Professional Development Conference and Aerospace Industry Education Awards.

Building and Construction Gateway Schools

Hosted through Construction Skills QLD, the Building and Construction Gateway to Industry Schools project exposes students to a range of learning experiences to help plan their future career choices and provide pathways into para-professional roles in the building and construction industry. The project is delivered in partnership with Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) to raise awareness
of the different pathways into the building and construction industry. The project involves:

  • raising the profile of para-professional roles and careers in construction
  • providing opportunities for
    industry placements
  • creating links between industry
    and schools
  • assisting with professional
    development for teachers
Community Services Gateway Schools

(Ipswich School). Hosted by NDIS, the Community Services Gateway to Industry Schools project is designed to advance the opportunities for youth in Queensland’s growing community services sector through cohesive locally relevant partnerships. From community care to youth justice, from homelessness to disability support, the community services sector serves as an entrance to enduring and diverse careers.


(All schools). The Health Gateway to Industry Schools project aims to develop school students’ knowledge and understanding of the varied roles available in the health workforce and improve their access to learning and experiential opportunities in Queensland’s growing health sector. This project is being delivered by CheckUP in partnership with Queensland’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).

QLD Minerals and Energy Academy

(Sunshine Coast School). The Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) which provides a talent pipeline of employees into the resources sector and other supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) industries.

  • Teacher professional development is
    offered by QMEA staff and third-party innovation partners. Students can participate in part day, whole day and extended experiences, including the annual 6-day camps offered in various locations across Queensland.
  • Students and teachers are engaged in both trade and professional programs which focus on STEM-related areas, aligning to the Australian and Queensland curricula where practical.
  • Teachers and students also have access to a range of specially developed and contextualised curriculum and teaching
    resources through Oresome Resources, the QRC’s education website.
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