Program helps inspire students

A NEW school program to help inspire students and bring their engagement with industry professionals to the next level was launched at a northern suburbs event last week.

Industry professionals and teachers from all over the region flocked to Craigmore High School for the official launch of the ‘Inspiring the Future’ program.

The initiative, which has been successful overseas, has been brought to South Australia through the Northern Adelaide State Secondary Schools’ Alliance (NASSSA).

It hopes to pair teachers with volunteers throughout the local community to help broaden the horizons of students, and raise their future career aspirations.

Anyone, from an apprentice to a chief executive, can register through the program and give teachers the ability to invite volunteers to events at school in order to incorporate specialised professional skills into their teaching.

NASSSA industry engagement broker Julie Clifford said the program aims to use skills from outside a school to help enrich the learning of students in the classroom.

“It’s been proven that students who get exposure or engagement with people from industry have a greater higher-earning potential when they get a job after school,” she said.

“Volunteers might provide a career talk or work with the teacher (to develop) what the students are learning in the classroom, and how it can translate into the workplace.

“It’s aimed at upskilling, engaging and educating the students about the world of work.”

The program has been funded by the Department of Education and Child Development and supported by the Department of State Development.

So far, 68 industry volunteers and 56 teachers have signed up, but Ms Clifford said the program is open to educators across the country.

“It’s not limited to just NASSSA school teachers, it can go to a broader audience and involve the whole of South Australia and all schools,” she said.

For more information, or to register your interest, visit the Inspiring the Future website (inspiringthefuture.org).

Tom Staggard

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Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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