RDA Orana helping to inspire students about work


19-May-2015

RDA Orana helping to inspire students about work

Regional Development Australia Orana is congratulating local schools and employers for running the first pilot Work Inspiration programs in the Orana region this month.

The Work Inspiration project, designed to inspire school students about the world of work, was bought to the region by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana through The Smith Family, NAB and Foundation for Young Australians. RDA Orana has helped to create strong partnerships with schools and employers, in order to provide students with an insight into post-school employment.

“One of the key findings from our regional workforce research was that many young people are not practically ready for the labour market and are not sure what to expect or what is expected of them.” said Felicity Taylor-Edwards, CEO of RDA Orana.

“Work Inspiration is a strategic project, aimed at inspiring young students and assisting them in their transition from school into the workforce.”

During the program, students have the opportunity to assess their own motivators, learn about various career opportunities and recognise how each role fits into a workplace. They are also grouped with employees, in order to research specific career paths, and have the chance to create their own networks within the employment world.

On the 7th May, 19 students from Dubbo College, South Campus engaged with staff at Dubbo RSL Club and Quest Apartments, gaining valuable insights into the hospitality industry. On Tuesday this week, groups of students explored local workplaces Regional EnviroScience and Crowe Horwath. Dubbo College is planning further Work Inspiration programs later in the year.

“Our students have really enjoyed engaging with employees in the workplaces that they have visited so far. We look forward to coordinating further Work Inspiration programs this year, as we are confident that further students will benefit from the initiative,” said Fleur Mara, Careers Adviser at Dubbo College.

“Crowe Horwath is happy to support the Work Inspiration initiative, as we believe that local students will benefit from being exposed to our workplace. From an employer’s perspective, it is also beneficial for us to teach the students about career paths within our industry, as potentially this could lead to employment within our company,” said Rachel Smith, Human Resources Officer at Crowe Horwath.

Staff from the Dubbo School of Distance Education will run the Work Inspiration program in August, providing students from the Orana region who cannot attend mainstream schools, with valuable exposure to workplace environments.

“It is great to see this opportunity being embraced by local schools and employers. I commend Dubbo College and the Dubbo School of Distance Education, as well as the employers involved in the program,” said Felicity Taylor-Edwards.


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