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Riverside leads the way with collaborative careers pilot program

6 September 2019

The innovative program involved weekly careers lessons with local business leaders to explore career opportunities, skills and training requirements in their sectors. 

Students also received tips on how to ace their application, resume and interview.
“The initiative will help ensure that the student’s first year after high school is focused on building the foundations for a career and identifying essential skills they need to succeed in the community,” Fraser Coast Regional Council Deputy Mayor Darren Everard said. 

“Research shows high school is the best place to instil positive workplace behaviours and skills for young people either through structured classes, or as part of other subjects such as English, maths or vocational courses.” 

Riverside Christian College Principal David Jeffs said the program built on the school’s extensive community partnerships.

“We continue to embed strong school to work partnerships and this is a positive way to show the real world connections between school and work,” he said.

Cr Everard believes that programs such as this are important in the development of local students as they prepare for the transition to life after school. 

“If we can assist one student to gain an advantage when they are applying for a job in the future then this program has been well worth the combined efforts of all involved,” he said.

The initiative sparked students’ curiosity and assisted with tracking their thoughts on the ‘next step’ once leaving school, he said.