Become a partner school of Grand Opportunities

An industry-led regional skills initiative. Powered by the Inland Rail Skills Academy and Grandshake.

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Inland Rail and the Inland Rail Skills Academy

Inland Rail is a 1,700km freight rail line that will connect Melbourne and Brisbane via regional Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Inland Rail is a fast freight backbone that will transform how we move goods around Australia, generating opportunities for the regions and our economy, now and well into the future.

Inland Rail is committed to playing our part in upskilling the nation and ensuring different groups of people are given the opportunity to help build Inland Rail.

Our ambition is to increase the number of skilled local people eligible for work on Inland Rail. We do this through the Inland Rail Skills Academy which works with industry partners to deliver programs that build skills and prosperity in our local communities, regions and around Australia.

A Grand Opportunity

Free program for secondary school partners.

Commencing Term 1, 2021.

Unlimited access to six on-demand, virtual work experience programs co-designed by Inland Rail covering Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths and Design.

Turnkey solution for schools to meaningfully engage students in real-world work and life experiences, and skill development opportunities.

Grandshake is a key part of our mission to increase school student awareness and capability in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers that are needed now and into the future.

We invite you to join us as a school partner and build the workforce of the future.

Grandshake WORKs with Schools and industry partners Across australia

Partnership benefits

Hassle-free industry partnerships

Opportunity to grow your school-industry partnerships with Inland Rail and Grandshake.

Industry-led programs

Gain access to virtual work experiences co-designed in partnership with Inland Rail and Grandshake.

Student-industry mentorship

Provide your students with an opportunity to connect with industry professionals and mentors from employers like Inland Rail and ARTC.

Offer real microcredentials

Students earn industry endorsed microcredential as a digital proof of their experience and skills - to enable future employment opportunities.

Interested to learn more?

Learn about the benefits of becoming a partner school. Download the printable PDF guide for your convenience and share with your school leaders, today!

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Working with Grandshake has been a real positive experience

“Grandshake's virtual work experience platform has been very beneficial for our students; they enable industry education and workplace experiences across a very wide range of career pathways. It is essential for students to broaden their experiences but also to help inform their subject choices as they look at what they will narrow their pathways down and subject choices in year 10, 11 and 12.”

Llew Paulger
Executive Principal @ Kelvin Grove State College

How does it work?


Expression of interest

It only takes a quick 30 seconds to place your expression of interest. You will receive a confirmation email with a partnership info pack.


Expect a call from us

We will schedule a quick call to answer any question you might have about the benefits and the value of becoming a partner school.


Official partner school onboarding

We’ll sign an MoU to make you an official partner school. A ready to go onboarding pack will be provided to make you look like a Superstar School in your community and amongst students.

Become a partner school

A Grand opportunity to help grow your school-industry partnerships, today and help your students uncover their future.

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