Industry Specific Programs

We’ve adapted our illuminate:nextgen Challenge with industry-specific content and submissions for a number of fields, allowing students to use the innovative framework of our programs to explore opportunities and specific knowledge in these fields. These programs have very different schedules to our traditional program, deepening students understanding of these fields while still developing skills that are essential in every industry.

Supported by experienced facilitators at every stage with input from the community and our partners, participants work in teams to develop a new project or business idea while developing key life skills including:


  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Presentation Skills


  • Critical Thinking
  • Inquiry (Research)
  • Digital Literacy
  • Financial Literacy

Solving Problems

  • Creativity
  • Design Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Reflection


  • Collaboration
  • Organisation
  • Perseverance

With over 12,500 students across Australia having completed the program – and a vast majority completing our week-long illuminate:nextgen Challenge – alongside international recognition for our work, the challenge is an incredibly impactful experience that will leave your students, teachers and wider community inspired for years to come.

What Does A Typical Program Look Like?

With so many elements built into the illuminate:nextgen Challenge, it can be hard to put it all into words.

To help with that, our partners at Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand produced this video in association with the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus, where over 150 students from 12 different schools came up with new ideas in agribusiness and connecting consumers to local produce in 2017. You will see key sessions throughout the challenge and journey with teams and their teachers as they grew in their confidence, creativity and capability with the challenge.

These industry-specific programs have a different format and set of submissions to our traditional programs, stepping away from exploring more general aspects of business and entrepreneurship to focus on skills and documents that are more relevant to the field, while still using the innovative framework due to the way students engage with the content as well as understanding that these skills are critical to most industries today. Through the close alignment to industry and workforce development outcomes through delivering a program like this aligned to an industry, these programs are targeted towards Year 8 – 10 students but could impact anyone in high school across Australia.

All of the industry-specific programs are designed with input from experienced people in the field, ensuring that the challenge is as authentic as possible and also containing relevant skill development to either address current shortages to best prepare our young people to pursue a future in this area.

To find out more about these programs, select the industry area you are interested in finding out more about, or else contact us directly about other industry sectors as we are always working on new opportunities to engage with young people across Australia to develop confidence, creativity and capacity to achieve their full potential.

Piloting in 2021.

One of the key pillars of Australia’s economy is our agricultural sector – and for it to remain so, the industry requires creative solutions and farmers to the current pressures faced by the industry. The agri-business version of the challenge will take students through the basics of selling and promoting their produce to customers or suppliers, but will begin by students examining a block of land to consider which is the ideal use of that property to create produce that is of value and sustainable for the long term.

This program has been shaped with input from industry leaders and also recognises that agriculture is integrated into many different subject areas, which are utilised to create a unique learning opportunity that has strong entrepreneurial skills as well as practical insights into operating an agri-business in Australia.

A lot is made of the importance of STEAM in Australia’s economy, but for students to see the wide-ranging impact, they need to be immersed in the fields to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges. This program (running over 1 week or 2) allows for students to explore issues, conduct background research, prepare research proposals and experiments, test and evaluate their methods, and report back around an intervention that is a solution that uses science, technology, engineering, arts and/or mathematics. Teams focus on how to creatively communicate their ideas throughout the program – especially leveraging creative expression through arts – developing skills that are critical to all of these fields for the future.

This program has been shaped with input from industry leaders and also recognises that STEAM fields are critical to most industries, which are utilised to create a unique learning opportunity that has strong entrepreneurial skills as well as practical insights into developing solutions to challenges within Australia.

The Innovation Process

Across the week, students explore the innovative process designed by illuminate Education Australia, growing in their skills and confidence within themselves throughout the journey.

Stage 1

Teams grow their understanding of a relevant issue in their community.

Stage 2

Teams creatively explore and refine possible solutions to their defined problem.

Stage 3

Teams develop business models for sustained impact as well as marketing materials that connect with target customers.

Stage 4

Teams present the idea for support and showcase how their team will work collaboratively to deliver the solution.

Stage 5

Teams prototype their solution and test it in a stressful situation.

Stage 6

After completing the challenge, teams can take their idea further and make it real.

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