Guyra Central School is among 13 schools across the Northern Tablelands included in the new Educational Pathways Program, Year 12 students, Michael Looker, Renae Van Der Wolf, Head Teacher Lee-Ann Best, Kelly Daly, Principal Michelle Nicholson and Careers Advisor Helen Doyle.
Thursday, 10 March 2022
STUDENTS from 13 schools across the region will have the opportunity to take part in an exciting program designed to improve their education and career outcomes, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall today announcing an expansion of the State Government’s Educational Pathways Program.
Mr Marshall, who made the announcement while visiting Guyra Central School, said students in the program would explore a variety of exciting career opportunities before making the big decision of what to do after leaving school.
“Never has there been so many career options on the table for school leavers to choose from,” Mr Marshall said.
“The Educational Pathways Program is about giving students hands-on exposure to these opportunities, well ahead of them having to make commitments about their future.
“There will be specialist head teachers and teams to work with careers advisers, to create more engaging opportunities and pathways for students.
“Dedicated staff will promote awareness of and engagement in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, and offer tailored support and mentoring for young people exploring these pathways.
“Students will also be able to undertake fee-free apprenticeships and traineeships, allowing them to test-drive different vocational education and training courses.
“From the pilot schools, the number of students enrolling in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships tripled.
“Expanding the program means more opportunities for students to develop the skills and experience that will help them make informed decisions about their career and further education.”
Mr Marshall said the program would also teach the skills needed to negotiate job applications and interviews.
“I remember how daunting it was, getting prepared and going into my first job interview,” Mr Marshall said.
“To ease some of that stress, job readiness workshops will be delivered on site at school, covering off on everything from interview advice to grooming and wardrobe.
“I am excited for those school leavers who get to experience the Educational Pathways Program, and who will be so much more prepared for entering the workforce.”
120 additional schools in NSW will participate in the innovative program, following a successful pilot at 24 schools during 2020.
For more information, visit www.education.nsw.gov.au/educational-pathways-program
List of new participating schools:
- Armidale Secondary College
- Ashford Central School
- Bingara Central School
- Boggabilla Central School
- Bundarra Central School
- Emmaville Central School
- Glen Innes High School
- Guyra Central School
- Inverell High School
- Macintyre High School
- Moree Secondary College
- Mungindi Central School
- Uralla Central School