New educational pathways program for local schools

Guyra Central School is among 13 schools across the Northern Tablelands included in the new Educational Pathways Program, Year 12 students, Michael Looker, Renae Van Der Wolf, Head Teacher Lee-Ann Best, Kelly Daly, Principal Michelle Nicholson and Care
15th Mar 2022

Students at Guyra Central School will be among those from 13 schools across the region will have the opportunity to take part in an exciting program designed to improve their education and career outcomes, with the expansion of the State Government’s Educational Pathways Program.
Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall, made the announcement while visiting Guyra Central School last week, where he said that students in the program would explore a variety of exciting career opportunities before making the big decision of what to do after leaving school.
“The Educational Pathways Program is about giving students hands-on exposure to these opportunities, well ahead of them having to make commitments about their future.
“There will be specialist head teachers and teams to work with careers advisers, to create more engaging opportunities and pathways for students.
“Dedicated staff will promote awareness of and engagement in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, and offer tailored support and mentoring for young people exploring these pathways.
“Students will also be able to undertake fee-free apprenticeships and traineeships, allowing them to test-drive different vocational education and training courses.
“From the pilot schools, the number of students enrolling in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships tripled.
“Expanding the program means more opportunities for students to develop the skills and experience that will help them make informed decisions about their career and further education.”
The program will also teach the skills needed to negotiate job applications and interviews.
120 additional schools in NSW will participate in the innovative program, following a successful pilot at 24 schools during 2020.