Industry Tours


In the latter half of 2023, we organized captivating industry visits that granted students a unique chance to step into the real-world settings of thriving businesses. These visits made possible through collaborative efforts between Future Connect, our partners, and the generous support of Business Network International Group (BNI) members Mark Ainsworth and Executive Director Lisa Thomas. Thanks to Mark and Lisa's dedication, we now have 35 pairs of steel-capped boots available, allowing students to actively participate in our warehouse tours and gain firsthand exposure to various industries. These boots are essential to meet safety requirements and empower young individuals to make informed career choices by bridging the gap between education and industry.

General Laser

On Tuesday, the 13th of June, students from Jackson School embarked on a tour of General Laser, an Australian manufacturer specialising in Laser cutting and fabrication since 2022. Proudly supporting various Australian industries, from transport and machinery parts to architecture and building, the visit spotlighted metalwork technology, innovation, and General Laser's top-tier workmanship. Students learned about seamless end-to-end services, scheduled production lines, and innovation project deliveries. Guided by owner Andrew, the tour offered insights into manufacturing and logistics careers, thanks to a collaboration between Brimbank Economic and Inclusion team and Future Connect.


On July 25th and 26th, in collaboration with the Melton City Council Economic Development Team, Future Connect organised an insightful Logistics & Manufacturing Industry Tour. Students from Jackson School, Gilson College, and Djerriwarrh Community College explored Amazon and Scalzo Foods.


Amazon, a renowned multinational technology company focusing on e-commerce, cloud computing, online advertising, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence, graciously offered an exclusive tour of their operations during the event. This gave students a unique opportunity to explore various roles within the company and gain valuable insights into the future of automation, innovation, and technology. The enlightening tour at Amazon was an enriching experience, combining educational insights into cutting-edge technology and automation, inspiring the students, and preparing them for exciting prospects in the ever-evolving world of technology.



Continuing the journey, students visited Scalzo Foods, a reputable manufacturer specializing in nuts, seeds, grains, and dried fruit. This experience allowed the students to delve into the intricate heating, cooling, and packaging processes of producing some of their favourite snacks. Witnessing firsthand the production methods employed to supply high-quality products to consumers was a fascinating opportunity for the students. The visit to Scalzo Foods gave them valuable knowledge about manufacturing processes, and the behind-the-scenes glimpse gave them a greater appreciation for the work that goes into delivering the products they enjoy.


FoodBank Victoria

On Thursday, August 17th, Jackson School students embarked on a transformative journey guided by Deidre Boaz. This immersive tour, organised by Foodbank and Future Connect, intertwined compassion, community, and sustenance. Deirdre, an exceptional guide, illuminated Foodbank's pivotal role as Australia's largest food relief organization. The visit offered insights into front-line charities feeding vulnerable Australians, with Foodbank contributing over 70% of rescued food to relief organisations nationwide. The experience demonstrated unity, community engagement, and the profound impact of collective action. Students returned enriched, with a deeper understanding of compassion's role in driving positive change.