Industry Pathways Projects reveal enormous impact

Where education meets innovation, the Industry Pathways Projects (IPPs) are guiding students by combining learning with real-world industry experiences.

The Industry Pathways Projects (IPPs), launched through the Educational Pathways Program (EPP) in March, have been a source of new ideas and opportunities this year, seamlessly connecting the worlds of education and industry for students across various regions. With an aim to foster connections between learning and local industries, the IPPs have seen remarkable growth and impact.

Spearheaded by Head Teacher Careers’ (HTCs), the IPPs have engaged a staggering 1,994 students, providing them with exposure to real-life work scenarios through a diverse array of projects.

These projects have been instrumental in offering hands-on experience across 19 different industries, ensuring a broad scope of exposure for participating students. Examples of the projects have included: farming techniques encompassing shearing and wool handling; exploring the intricacies of finance; emergency services with SES; and delving into the world of boiler making.

This year, 24 regional, rural and remote (RRR) schools joined the project, empowering 604 RRR students with new opportunities. By bridging the gap between education and industry in these areas, the IPPs have created practical learning experiences.

The IPPs have included immersive experiences through career immersion days across the state, one of which was a two-day event in Lake Macquarie. This event saw the participation of six schools, 20 industry workshops, 30 dedicated school staff, and 58 industry representatives. A total of 623 Year 7 and 8 students gained insights and firsthand exposure during this IPP event, solidifying the HTC’s commitment to creating connections between schools and local industries.

"It really opened my eyes up to what is available in terms of a career path," EPP student, Ava Snelling told the Illawarra Mercury during a career immersion day in the Illawarra.

Across various regions, students have transitioned into SBATs (School-Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships), secured coveted Apprenticeship positions, seized invaluable work experience opportunities, and, for several students, have received offers for full-time employment, all due to the experiences and connections made at IPP events.

The IPPs held throughout 2023 have played a pivotal role in preparing students for the challenges of the future. Each project has helped students gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in their future chosen careers. We can’t wait to see what 2024 brings.

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