GFG Alliance CEO Sanjeev Gupta has been invited by the Prince of Wales to help nurture the next generation of skilled manufacturing workers in Australia.
Mr Gupta has been appointed the official HRH Ambassador for Industrial Cadets by Prince Charles.
The successful UK programme is designed to give children and young people direct structured experience of industry while still at school or college.
Under the scheme young students receive high-quality accredited work experience in industry during their years of education with the aim of encouraging them to choose careers in engineering and manufacturing.
Mr Gupta has been given a special remit to help bring the flagship programme to Australia.
Speaking at the London awards event, Prince Charles paid tribute to the businessman’s commitment to reviving heavy industry.
“Sanjeev is doing so much to apply real imagination, innovative thinking and sustainable rejuvenation to our heavy industry,” he said.
“I’m thrilled that he has so enthusiastically become involved with Industrial Cadets as well.”
Mr Gupta said Australia suffered from the same generational skills gap as the UK with fewer young people willing to pursue careers in industry, but he believed Industrial Cadets could make a real difference.
”It’s a great honour to be invited by His Royal Highness to contribute to one of the most important tasks facing us today,” he said.
“The task of ensuring our next generation has the motivation and skills to enable our industries to remain competitive and successful on the world stage.
”That was the fundamental reason why my wife Nicola and I, set up the GFG Foundation and why GFG Alliance businesses are so actively involved in supporting the Industrial Cadets scheme.”
Mr Gupta’s charitable trust, the GFG Foundation, is actively involved in funding and promoting Industrial Cadets in partnership with the EDT.
“Australian industry faces the same challenges as the UK with a generational gap on industrial skills and I am very confident Industrial Cadets programme will be equally successful here,” he said.