It's a three-day learning adventure that will help 80 Macksville High School Year 9 students broaden their knowledge on different industries and help boost their job prospects after school.
TAFE NSW has partnered with the Department of Premier and Cabinet to deliver the MySkills Employability Pilot Program, a comprehensive program that makes learning fun while exposing students to potential career paths. Local employers and community agencies are also involved as guest speakers and assisting with teaching.
The pilot will extend to Nambucca Heads High School next week, from and then Bowraville Central School.
The course components include robotics coding, designing and developing a product, drone flying, servicing and maintain a truck, exploring bush tucker, preparing food, manufacturing and marketing a product, suturing fake skin and constructing a functioning plumbing system.
TAFE NSW Head Teacher, Career Pathways, Aboriginal Language and Employment, Jillian Ashley, said the program offered students eye-opening learning experiences relevant to their potential future careers, building confidence around employment pathways and nurturing job aspirations.
“Throughout, TAFE NSW trainers will offer a wide range of experiential activities that deliver practical skills and experience on a platter to scores of Year 9 students who will soon choose their after-school life path," Ms Ashley said.
"We're offering real-world experiences to the students that can lead to the training that make them job-ready.
"In a competitive local job market, it is vital for young people to make sound career decisions. They need to possess the right tools, skills and knowledge to impress employers, to gain a positive employment outcome. It’s really important for them to start early in striving towards this goal.”
Macksville High School Careers Advisor Laura Peisley said, “Bringing industry to school is an incredible way to ensure all students can access information and experience in vocations they may never have contemplated.”
For more information on TAFE NSW customised training face-to-face or online, visit www.tafensw.com.au.