Workplace Learning believes it is vital that Vocational Education and Training options and Career and Pathway Planning messages get to as many students and parents/carers as possible.
Working with some great partners we were active organisers and participants in many information sharing events. Some of these were:
Illawarra Schools Careers Expo
The Illawarra Schools Careers Expo provides quality school to work, education and training links, industry knowledge and information for Year 9, 10, 11 & 12 students each year.
This year’s Expo was held 7 & 8 May and saw a record number of 113 exhibitors participating and more than 4,000 students from 37 schools across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions attending.
Click here to see the Illawarra Mercury’s coverage of our last event.
Apprenticeship and Traineeship Information Sessions
These sessions provide students and parents/carers with a clear strategy on how to attain the apprenticeship or traineeship that best matches their personal aspirations.
With our Partners we continued the sessions in Wollongong and Shellharbour areas. A Question and Answer Format is utilised with a range of industry representatives and employers providing valuable advice and information.
Last year, both events were well attended with between 130 to 170 attendees and we received very positive feedback from students, parents and our Partners.
Excellence in Vocational Education and Training (VET) Awards
Workplace Learning’s Schools Excellence in VET Awards were inaugurated in 1998 to recognise, reward and promote VET and the pursuit of excellence by students completing VET subjects as part of the HSC in the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and South Coast High Schools, TAFE NSW or other Registered Training Organisations.
VET offers the opportunity for students to gain a well-rounded, skills based, education as well as to establish links to a career. All industry sectors are dependent on encouraging young people to take up the training, education and employment pathways they offer, and school-based VET is integral to young people establishing these industry links.
VET plays a vital role in building the region’s skills base and in enhancing young people’s transition to the workplace and a great future. These Awards celebrate excellence in skills development and encourage young people to perform at their best in their chosen VET course.