Pilot phase archive

The Educational Pathways Pilot Program was launched in 24 schools in 2020. As a result of this successful pilot phase, the project expanded to cover an additional 121 high schools from Term 1 2022.

Resources created during the pilot

During the pilot, resources were created to help students, parents and carers and careers advisers access credible information about career pathways and programs offered through the program.


EPPP TV explores the huge range of career opportunities available for our students through vocational education. Whether it's career advice or career inspiration, EPPP TV covers it all with real people in real working environments through each of the 15 episodes.

EPPP Roundtables

The EPPP Roundtables are topic led discussions created to help students, parents and carers and employers understand the opportunities available through the Educational Pathways Pilot Program. The 10 videos cover topics including SBATs and VET, guiding the career conversation at home and insight into growth industries in the pilot regions.

Initiatives making up the Educational Pathways Pilot Program

The pilot initiatives centre on:

  • Helping students into school-based apprenticeships and traineeships through mentoring and support.
  • Expanding opportunities for school students to engage with fee-free VET Smart & Skilled programs.
  • Strengthening careers advice and job-ready life skills for young people.

The initiatives include:

  • Specialist Careers Immersion Teams have been launched. Under the leadership of a dedicated Head Teacher Careers, the Teams will be collaborating with local industry and employers to create training opportunities for students. Our goal is to make sure all students are work-ready for jobs in our regions.
  • Dedicated School Based Apprentice and Traineeship Mentors will soon come on board to support and guide students and also work with industry and employers to develop partnerships with the school and broker employment opportunities.
  • Career guidance and support for students who may be struggling to decide which subject choices and post-school education is right for them.
  • Firsthand accounts from NSW’s best apprentices and trainees discussing the valuable and long-term career opportunities that a vocational qualification offers.
  • Opportunities to study construction apprenticeship or traineeship units at school that could lead to higher level VET qualifications and a one-year credit into a university degree.
  • Workshops to help inform students about employer expectations for work, including how to dress, how to behave and important employability skills.
  • The extension of funding to school students who do not want to pursue an HSC to undertake VET pathways while still at school.
  • Important wrap-around services for early school leavers looking to access TAFE NSW.


  • Career advice
  • VET


  • SBAT

Business Unit:

  • Communication and Engagement
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