SBAT Mentor pilot off to a flying start

Our new SBAT Mentors have only been on the job for five weeks, but they’re already doing a great job raising the profile of School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships in our pilot schools.

13 August 2020
Image: SBAT Mentor Toni Bellos with Karen Horne, Careers Adviser

On Monday 3rd August, Toni Bellos, SBAT Mentor – Ballina, continued that work when she met with two North Coast Career Advisers to develop their School Implementation Plans. The plans outline strategies for mentors and EPPP schools to work together to promote SBATs to students, parents, employers and the wider community.

At Alstonville High School near Lismore, Careers Adviser Karen Horne is deeply invested in exploring employment opportunities and a range of career pathways for her students. The implementation plan will put some additional structure around Karen’s current work, and Toni’s appointment is a win for students at the school who are considering their SBAT options. Moving forward, Toni will be available to mentor Alstonville students every second Tuesday, working through their career goals, work experience options and local SBAT opportunities.

Image: Toni Bellos meeting with Donna Ryan, Careers Adviser

After bidding farewell to Karen, Toni hopped in her car for the 30-minute drive to Ballina Coast High School where she met with Donna Ryan, Career Adviser/Head Teacher, to nut out another implementation plan. Already a great advocate of SBATs, Donna is confident that the plan, combined with Toni’s mentorship, will see more and more Ballina Coast students take up SBATs. And those who do will have access to Toni’s expertise every second Thursday during the school term.

With large cohorts of students to counsel across an incredibly diverse array of career pathways, Career Advisers are often some of the busiest people in NSW schools. Last week, Toni witnessed that first-hand, and walked away convinced that the implementation plans would help the Career Advisers on the North Coast better tailor their promotion of SBATs. Toni was also pleased to learn that there are number of SBAT opportunities currently available to students in the area.

Toni has already brokered 12 SBAT vacancies across Hospitality, Business Services and Health Services Assistance – Aged Care. There are plenty of options available to students from Alstonville and Ballina Coast High Schools to combine paid work and vocational training with their HSC. And if Toni, Karen and Donna have their way, there’ll be plenty more opportunities in the years to come.

  • Student engagement and participation
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