QMI Solutions is proud to host the Queensland Governments’ Gateway to Industry Schools Project (GISP) for  Manufacturing and Engineering since 2009.  The GISP is a component of a state wide industry engagement and workforce development strategy to support the long-term development of a highly skilled workforce in Queensland.  The Queensland government is committed to growing manufacturing in this state as a critical driver of innovation and productivity in the economy. QMI assists to deliver this vision.


The program provides opportunities for industry and the education sector to work together to deliver outcomes for school teachers, students, local communities and business.

Queensland Reference Group (QRG) – Manufacturing & Engineering

The manufacturing & engineering GISP is steered by the Queensland Reference Group (QRG).  This ecosystem includes key partners such as government and non-government school sectors, industry sectors including representation from Industry 4.0, Advanced Manufacturing, Heavy Vehicles, Defence, Aerospace, Textile, Food Processing, Mining, Biomedical, Recreational Vehicle, Rail, Furnishings, Manufacturing and Engineering.  This group of industry professionals meet quarterly and are dedicated to supporting Queensland teachers and students by collaborating and innovating.


Attracting more young people into the manufacturing and engineering sectors has been an issue in recent years. Through QMI solutions, the GISP project helps to:


  • raise the profile and diversity of careers in manufacturing and engineering

  • provide professional development and currency opportunities (in industry) for Queensland school teachers contextualisation of manufacturing and engineering practices and applications incorporating robotics, STEM and coding 

  • develop and implement a range of manufacturing and engineering related activities across industrial technology and design, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) and other key learning curriculum areas.

  • create opportunities for work experience, structured work placements, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, full-time apprenticeships, and pathways to university in preparation for trade, para-professional and professional careers

  • celebrate and share student, teacher, school and industry experiences to ensure young people have the knowledge and experience to make informed decisions about their future







School teachers usually have a degree in Education and are passionate educators however, have usually not come from an industry setting. Contextualisation as to the application of the teachings therefore, is only possible through connection with industry. Gateway activity, collaborating with industry partners provides this i.e. Gateway Days in industry, resources and opportunities. Teaching staff also require industry partners with a minimum 3 years experience to validate their teaching plans. Can you spare 2 hrs/year to assist to give back?





QMI Solutions are leaders for the manufacturing and engineering industry in Queensland.  Hosting organisations such as the Industry Capability Network (see: and the Australian Institute for Commercialisation ( allows the Gateway to access the best industry partners, resources and opportunities to provide currency and professional development opportunities.




Please download the Industry Partnership Form here how you would like to connect and return to the program manager. Please return to and the Program Manager will be in touch how you can foster this talent pipeline or simply give back by sharing your experience and knowledge.



The GISP is assisting teachers, students and schools collaborate with industry by pooling resources, opportunities and transferring knowledge through Gateway to Industry School Hubs (Gateway Hubs). Gateway Hubs provide a quarterly platform for all stakeholders from industry, government, training and education to collaborate and find closer industry connections to education delivery.


Gateway Schools are collaborative active partners to the hubs who are committed to assisting and participating in STEAM and VET activity generated through the GISP hubs. If you’re interested in becoming a Gateway to Industry hub, please download the MOU here and read the requirements for you to apply for this industry opportunity.  Your application will be assessed following a school visit and meeting with the principal. Please note: signing of the MOU doesn’t automatically qualify you to becoming a Gateway Hub.


Our thanks to the Department of State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning (DSDMIP) for the development of the following resources to assist students, parents and teachers.

To enrol for this program, please download the relevant MOU, complete and return to the Program Manager, as per details below.




For more information, please contact the Program Manager:


Jules McMurtrie

Gateway to Industry Project Manager – Manufacturing & Engineering Queensland


Level 3 Clunies Ross Court  PO Box 4037  Eight Mile Plains  Qld 4113

T +61 7 3364 0700  M +61419709160


This initiative is funded by the Dept of Education - Gateway to Industry Schools Program (GISP)

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QMI Solutions provides workforce skills development services as part of its mission to empower businesses to continue to be competitive and grow into the future.

On behalf of industry, QMI Solutions has secured a service agreement with the Queensland Government to engage with manufacturing and engineering industries regarding vocational education and training (VET). QMI Solutions will inform the Department of Education and Training regarding the relevance and effectiveness of Government’s VET Investment Plan for training and skills development.


WHY: Investing in skills development and human capital will equip businesses for tomorrow.

WHAT: On industry’s behalf, QMI Solutions has been engaged through the Department of Education and Training to act as an industry advisory organisation (VETIAO) in vocational education and training for manufacturing and engineering across Queensland. 

HOW: This relationship ensures connectivity between the VET system and Queensland manufacturing and engineering businesses. Primary services will focus on ensuring that government investment in VET provides the most effective means of support for industry to meet the current and projected skilling requirements. QMI Solutions will work closely with businesses, industry associations, training providers and government to continually evaluate the suitability of training programs, training investment, identify emerging skill needs through industry consultation.


QMI Solutions are leaders for the manufacturing and engineering industry in Queensland. Hosting organisations such as the Industry Capability Network (see: and the Australian Institute for Commercialisation ( allows the Gateway to access the best industry partners, resources and opportunities to provide best vocational education and training (VET) consultation and feedback to Government.


For more information, please contact the VET Industry Advisor


Sam Nicolosi

VET Industry Advisor– Manufacturing & Engineering Queensland


Level 3 Clunies Ross Court   Eight Mile Plains  Qld 4113


T +61 7 3364 0700   

M +61428 946 113

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