The three videos below give examples of the various ways that secondary schools and industry are strengthening engagement, featuring two examples from North East Victoria.
Supporting Student Placements with Small Businesses
One way of strengthening school–industry engagement is through Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) and, in particular, the use of the SWL Statewide Portal. SWL staff connect students in their local area to work placement opportunities offered by local employers. In this video, teaching staff, students and three SWL hosts in north-eastern Melbourne—a region predominantly made up of small businesses—discuss the benefits of using the SWL Portal and why they would recommend it to others.
The Mansfield Model
Mansfield Secondary College’s program is an example of how School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships can strengthen school–industry engagement. This school-based program was set up to address the need for young people to be trained as well as the need for employers to fill trade and hospitality positions.
According to former teacher Julie Aldous, now Industry-Education Liaison Officer at NELLEN: “When we started using SWL as the next level, it meant that students had clear pathways—they started off with a classroom-based Certificate II, and in subsequent years they could go on and do a school based apprenticeship. That meant they were then on the pathways that they could see had legitimacy in the industry, so some of them have chosen to go on to university; some of them have chosen to follow the TAFE courses / certificate courses pathways and have gone on to employment.”
The successful prototype established at Mansfield Secondary College is now being expanded as the Workforce Development Project, which NE Tracks Local Learning and Employment Network is delivering in partnership with NELLEN from mid-2018 through to the end of 2021.
Northeast Health Wangaratta
This video is an example of how a school-based traineeship program implemented by a health service has increased school–industry engagement in the health industry. Northeast Health Wangaratta has found that school based traineeships, which commenced at the organisation in 2014, have been beneficial in encouraging and guiding local students to explore health career pathways. As a result, a number of these students have been employed by the health service, some have been employed by other local employers and many have gone on to further education in health career pathways.
Jacqui Verdon, Team Leader Student Programs, says, “As a workforce development program, it enables us to address some of our workforce issues and recruitment to specific areas within the organisation. It also enables us to grow young people within our community and who will hopefully stay local.”