A simple commitment.
Sign up to offer one week of professional work experience to a student who would normally miss out.
A big impact.
Work experience is one of the best drivers of students' academic outcomes, career aspirations and self-confidence. It is especially powerful for students from disadvantaged areas.
An engaging experience for your workplace.
You'll enjoy mentoring motivated students who are determined to make the most of a rare opportunity.
Can your welcome a student in your workplace
in the next 12 months?
In particular we are seeking opportunities for students who have aspirations in the following areas:
- Business and management
- Marketing & communications
- Medical science & health
We are connected with classrooms.
We work with teachers and careers advisors at our partner schools to identify students who aspire to work in your industry but don't have access to opportunities.
If you're an engineering firm, we'll speak to maths and design teachers. If you're in law, we'll coordinate with the legal studies department and the debating coach.
We run workshops with students to help them make the most of their experience in your workplace by being engaged, proactive and reflective.
We can help you design tasks for your students.
Drawing on our experience as classroom teachers, we will give you advice on how to plan and record engaging work experience tasks.
We'll share your students' stories.
We share stories about inspiring students and engaged workplaces.
We've been proud to see stories about our students appear in places like The Australian and The Age (profiling PwC and Elenberg Fraser, respectively); the Taylor & Grace newsletter; an article in The Thousands (written by Rhiannon, one of our students), and some Crumpler product shots.
We are a registered charity.
We are a charity registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
It's easy to get involved.
Insurance is covered.
Work experience is part of the Year 10 curriculum, and students are covered by the Department of Education's WorkSafe Insurance Policy.
You don't need a working with children check.
Our students are all over 15 years old and so WWC checks are not required.
There's no need for a complicated 'program'; we can help you to create some engaging tasks.
You can read about our basic approach to work experience task-setting in our guide 5 Steps to High Impact Work Experience.
Work experience is part of the solution to inequality and youth unemployment in Victoria.
Unfortunately, these trends are getting worse.
Young people without professional skills are increasingly vulnerable in the Australian economy. While medium and high-skill jobs have increased, jobs in many traditional industries are disappearing. The Foundation for Young Australians estimates that 71% of Australian young people currently enrolled in vocational training are being trained for jobs that won’t exist in 15 years.
In this context, it is more important than ever that professional pathways are tangible and within reach for all young people, not just those from well-off backgrounds. Otherwise, we will continue to see young unemployment becoming entrenched in disadvantaged areas.
Young people from low-SES, migrant/refugee, Indigenous and regional backgrounds have high aspirations, but nevertheless are greatly underrepresented at university and in professional careers.
Our vision is to provide formal opportunities that make these aspirations more realisable and unlock the wonderful potential that these young people have to offer.
Work experience is one of the best career development tools for disadvantaged students.
Surveys as part of the Commonwealth Government’s National Career Development Strategy revealed that young people, career practitioners and teachers all agreed that work experience and visits to workplaces were the most useful forms of career development.
There is also evidence that that the more that young people come in to contact with employers while at school, the less likely they are to become unemployed.
The results of our March 2016 evaluation showed that after work experience, students were more motivated to work hard at school, and better prepared to make informed and confident choices about their post-school pathways.
Welcome a student
from outside your usual networks.
or contact us if you want to learn more.