The “Tech Tour” is a program coordinated to bridge the gap for students learning about technology, industry and manufacturing in a simulated environment to an actual working environment.  This tour will assist in providing understanding around how some of the technologies utilised within the project briefs are applied within a manufacturing or industrial environment.

The tour provides students an opportunity to not only see how manufacturing takes place locally, but also gain an understanding of the unique roles that support the environments.  A great opportunity to be inspired to consider industry and manufacturing as future career paths that help grow and keep manufacturing/ industry in Australia.

This collaborative effort of coordinating the tour is bringing together education, local government, youth employment network, industry and industry associations: BHIG’s Yarra Ranges Tech School, Yarra Ranges Council, OELLEN, ANCA CNC, Cummins Filtration and Mobile Automation, SEMMA and Australian Manufacturing Technology Institute (AMTIL).

To date there have been two Tech Tours, which have both been successful! The participating schools have been Lilydale High School and Mater Christi College, where both schools have had year 9 students participate in the tour.