Sanjeev Gupta, Executive Chairman of the GFG Alliance, today celebrated the launch of the GFG Foundation in Tasmania.
In front of employees and invited special guests at LIBERTY Bell Bay, one of the world’s greenest ferro alloy producers, Sanjeev announced the GFG Foundation’s expansion into Tasmania.
Thirty children, from Years 9 and 10, from Port Dalrymple School and Star of the Sea Catholic College, will be involved in the program which will run during Terms 3 and 4.
Speaking about the GFG Foundation’s launch in Tasmania, Sanjeev Gupta, Chairman on the GFG Alliance and Founder of the GFG Foundation, said:
“Nicola and I started the Foundation in the UK to give something back to the local communities in which we have a business presence. We expanded this throughout Australia – at first in Whyalla and last year to Newcastle.
“It’s about educating and inspiring young people in our communities, providing an insight into industry through real-world experiences and with the support of our employees who act as mentors. The program helps to nurture our innovators and entrepreneurs of the future.
“We launched the Foundation in Romania last year and we have aspirations to grow the Foundation further. We’re very excited that Tasmania now joins our Foundation family.”
The GFG Foundation is a registered charity, which was founded by Sanjeev and his wife Nicola in the UK in 2017 before its expansion into Australia in 2019. Their vision is to develop educational programmes, through the GFG Foundation, to give young people an insight into industry via real-world experiences, whilst developing confidence, communication, and interpersonal skills. The Foundation works with education partners to help thousands of young people through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and enterprise skills development, as well as inspiring students by showcasing opportunities in their community.
The program in Australia is delivered through a partnership with the Princes Trust and educational partner and provider, the CSIRO.
Richard Curtis, Managing Director of LIBERTY Bell Bay, said:
“We’re delighted Sanjeev and his family could be here with us at LIBERTY Bell Bay and our team is excited to be involved in delivering the Foundation’s worthwhile program.
“We’ve seen the growth and results at Whyalla and Newcastle and the team here is looking forward to bringing opportunities to students here in George Town, to explore and consider future possible career pathways through their involvement in this program.”
The GFG Foundation launch in Tasmania was announced at a formal inauguration ceremony held today at the LIBERTY Bell Bay site to officially welcome the team to the GFG Alliance. The event, initially planned to occur shortly after the completion of acquisition by GFG in early 2021, has been delayed and postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restrictions and border closures.
“I am very excited to be here in Tasmania, with my family, and finally be able to formally welcome the Bell Bay team into the GFG family,” Sanjeev said.