Working together to create clear career pathways

A message from Mary Ann O'Loughlin AM, Deputy Secretary, Skills and Higher Education, discussing the importance of the Education Pathways Pilot Program in the careers and working lives of our students and young people.

09 July 2020

I hope you and your families are keeping well during these challenging times. COVID-19 has impacted many people in our communities. Students, teachers and parents have all felt the effects of the pandemic over the past several weeks, and the Educational Pathways Pilot Program (EPPP) has also been impacted. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the event with Minister Geoff Lee that was scheduled for 30 March.

However, I am pleased to report that the delivery of the program is continuing despite the restrictions imposed by COVID-19. It is also heartening to see so many people contributing to the project’s success.

Co-creation is an important part of the EPPP pilot. We believe that we’re better together, and that anyone with a stake in the project’s success should have a say in how it works. That’s why we’re encouraging you to share your input with the program team so that we can keep evolving and improving the pilot as we go. Many of you already have.

The program has only been up and running for five months, but already we’ve seen incredible creativity and innovation at the school, cluster and regional levels. These innovations demonstrate that the spirit of co-creation is alive and well in the EPPP program.

I encourage you to read this month’s stories to learn more about what our EPPP colleagues have been working on, and to familiarise yourself with the different ways in which you can contribute to the program.

From what I have seen, co-creation is working, so I encourage you to keep seeking input from your students, teachers and parents and passing it on. If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’ll make real and lasting differences to the lives of thousands of NSW students.

Thanks again for all of your efforts.

Mary Ann O'Loughlin AM

Deputy Secretary

Skills and Higher Education

Department of Education

  • Professional development and training
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