During workplace and classroom visits, guest presenters and Young Industry Ambassadors share their stories and their knowledge about how to present ‘yourself in the real world’; OHS considerations and the many different jobs and pathways available in their industry or profession.
Applied learning projects are undertaken in a business over several weeks. Industries included are: Health Care, Design / Construction, Robotics, Emergency Services / Working together, Hospitality, Trades / DIY, Mapping & Technology, Animal Studies & Hospitality, Aged Care, Childcare, Design / Arts, Hair, Skin & Beauty, Science / Laboratory Skills, Waterway Health / Environmental Science, Fire Safety and Rescue.
The Project not only enables students’ learning through relevant, interesting and fun activities but also allows them to develop and increase meaningful partnerships with their school and local communities. They discover more about their preferred learning styles, interests and attributes.
As a business, there is a lot to gain from being involved with Passions & Pathways. Along with the obvious good feeling of being part of a positive change in your local community, the program gives employees an opportunity to work on their presentation and communication skills and has the potential to help your business identify future workers. Currently, there are over fifty business across a range of employment sectors giving their time to these students – and we’re always looking for more!
Teachers work closely with each industry project leader to ensure the planned activities are appropriately matched to the capabilities of the student group and that each project involves lots of hands-on work for each student.
Industry visits are a key element of the Passions and Pathways program.
The purpose of industry visits is to prepare students for the visits, teachers and students focussed on:
Over a three week period, students work in groups in the workplace to undertake a meaningful project or solve a problem. Mentors work with student groups to create a plan for each team based project. They identify individual strengths in the team to apply to the development of the project. The applied learning project is undertaken in collaboration with others in groups, demonstrating the art of effective communication between team members, industry mentor and workplace personnel.
"This was about being inspirational. It was about students having positive exposure to local industry and coming to understand that employment and career opportunities relate directly to effort and achievement rather than luck."
"The experience of working on a project, within an industry setting, is a vital component in the Passions & Pathways program ... It was great to see students excited about going to school ... The projects have the potential to empower a student to want to take their place in the world, to be an active participant in life."
“I love to see the excitement of the students. The Project helps them to think about possible career options as well as the opportunities here in Bendigo, locally; you don’t have to leave Bendigo. Sharing information about my employment showcases the role of science in our daily lives.”
The Goldfields LLEN Young Industry Ambassador (YIA) program gives young people aged 18 to 30 an opportunity to inspire school students in their area of work/study and give insight into future work opportunities in our region. Recruited from a wide range of workplaces and training institutions across local government areas, YIAs inspire students to reach their career goals and realise the value of remaining at school.
YIAs inspire primary and secondary school students by sharing their story; their personal and vocational interests, pathways during and post-school, a typical day in their workplace and what they enjoy about their work and lifestyle. They present in school classrooms, assemblies and can also host student groups in their workplace.
"When I spoke to the students they were interested and they asked a lot of questions ... I think I was able to give the students a better understanding about why they need to go to school every day."
"We hatched a plan to address a community need and I’m amazed at the impact it has had."
"It was an exciting project to be part of for the first time. To see the enthusiasm, positive attitudes and excitement for learning in the students was amazing."
"I think I'm going to go well in the future after all the things I've learnt."
"I learnt how to work with people I don't like and not to be shy when sharing my ideas."
"I really want to learn more about all the industry visits and they will help me with my skills and ideas for my life. I want to learn about what kinds of jobs they have."
"This was not about asking students to make lifelong career decisions, it was about giving them a context for their learning and the skills, knowledge and attitudes they need to make future career decisions."
"It was exciting to visit laboratories and to use microscopes to watch little creatures you can't normally see. I'd never been to La Trobe. Now I know what it's like to go to uni."
"There is mounting evidence about the positive outcomes of starting Career Education early. It's great to know that we are leading the way. The change in student self-confidence and aspirations is awesome."