Career portal developed for high schoolers

Friday, 27 May, 2022

Career portal developed for high schoolers

A new ‘career taster’ portal has been launched for Year 9 students in Western Australia.

The $22 million program allows more than 17,000 students to engage in interactive activities and explore a range of industries and occupations, as well as the skills needed for them.

WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery officially launched the portal during a visit to North Metropolitan TAFE’s East Perth campus to see the Year 9 Career Taster Program in action.

“Typically, secondary students’ first exposure to the range of post-secondary training options doesn’t occur until Year 10, when students are just about to make important decisions on which subjects they will study in Years 11 and 12,” said Sue Ellery, Education and Training Minister.

“Providing Year 9 students with real-world experiences, and showing them the many exciting opportunities and careers available, helps them to make connections between training and education pathways and occupations.

“Exposing high school students to post-school opportunities that they find meaningful early can also help to keep them engaged and ensure they stay at school and go into training or higher education.”

The new Career Taster Portal is a one-stop resource connecting students and schools with the program’s industry taster experiences through a searchable database.

The portal also provides schools with access to resources to plan and deliver their program, and includes a function for employers to nominate to provide an experience.

With more than 100 experiences and comprehensive teaching resources already available, schools have the flexibility to design career exploration experiences that meet the needs of their students and suit the local context.

The Career Taster Program was co-designed with industry, education experts, TAFEs and school sectors, and offers exciting opportunities for Year 9 students to extend their thinking through practical industry experiences, and learn more about the world of work and the jobs they are interested in.

Providing early access to career information and education pathways will help students to make informed decisions about future subject selections for Years 11 and 12.

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