While there are a number of ways that students can get a taste of their future career, such as school-based apprenticeships, implementing more initiatives and resources dedicated to career development is a welcome gesture.
Yesterday (May 23) minister for school education and youth Peter Garrett launched the National Career Development Strategy, which he says is focused on meeting the needs of young people as they begin their career journeys.
Speaking at the annual Career Development Association of Australia conference in Sydney, Mr Garrett said that research shows one of the main things young people want is to speak to people who are already in a career to get an “insider’s view” of what the workplace is really like.
“That’s why we are funding a range of initiatives to get young people connected to the workplace, especially those who are experiencing disadvantage,” Mr Garrett said.
The government’s investment of $6.1 million supports an initial suite of Making Career Connections projects, which include new initiatives while also expanding on existing projects that are working well.
Included in the Making Career Connections initiative is $1.1 million to expand the Foundation of Young Australians Worlds of Work program, $1.1 million to extend the reach of the Work Inspiration model, and $1.15 million to expand the Youth Connect, Parents as Career Transition Support workshops.