Mr Nick Lalich MP, Member for Cabramatta recently presented a Private Members Bill about iCareer to the NSW Parliament. Listen to what he has to say about the iCareer.
The Partnership Brokers, a successful program that aims to help young Australians complete Year 12 and transition into further education or training and employment, has received further funding in the federal Budget.
Supported by the Partnership Brokers program, local schools, businesses and the community have been working in partnership to help young people learn and develop, and prepare for life beyond school. A recent evaluation of the program, undertaken by Social Ventures Australia, found that it is ‘creating significant value and acting as a catalyst for change’. For every $1 invested in the program, the Australian Government makes a return of $5 because young people who are engaged and working are no longer reliant on income support.
Partnership Brokers is funded by the federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). It acts as a broker to team local businesses and organisations with schools in their area. One example is the partnership between Chifley College in NSW, the local TAFE, Blacktown City Council, NSW Police, Fusion Business Coaching and Northern Road Wreckers. These organisations work together to encourage boys with special needs in Years 8 and 10 to attend school. In return for regular attendance, the boys get to do basic car maintenance on a Ford Falcon each week and, in the process, come to understand why maths (tyre pressures etc.) and English (writing an account of how to change a tyre) are applicable in a workplace situation.
Sandra Ongley, a partnership broker involved with this program, says that once the boys realise that what they learn at school can be applied in a practical sense in their own lives, they are keen to be engaged in learning.
For more, go to: http://deewr.gov.au/business-school-connections-roundtable