Broader Horizons - Industry Partnerships Creating Opportunities in St Arnaud
Year 9 Students from St Arnaud Secondary College have recently participated in the school’s annual Broader Horizons program. This year, St Arnaud Secondary College have been very proactive in re-developing the program to align with the Department of Education’s recent Careers Education reform which focuses on the following three key areas: Start early, Connect to work, & Make career education a priority. Broader Horizons was also aligned ensure curriculum outcomes. Students will also have the opportunity to follow up any potential career queries resulting from these experiences with the school’s Pathways Coordinator, Sue Clay from the North Central LLEN, during individual Pathways Planning sessions.
All Year 9 students were given the choice between the three industry areas of Health, Local Government or Agriculture. Within their chosen industry, they were given exposure to and experience in a wide range of career pathways from industry professionals onsite in their workplace.
The program ran for a total of four weeks - over one day per week. During the first three weeks students visited workplaces and connected with employers and staff in their chosen industry. Through these networking opportunities, students were also able to hear of many varied career journeys which led the adults into their current employment.
As an example of the breadth students were exposed to, students who chose Local Government were able to experience working in childcare at the St Arnaud Childcare Precinct to working in Communications and Media at the Northern Grampians Stawell office. During this last session noted, students were able to be involved in producing short video named ‘St Arnaud Secondary College students talk Broader Horizons' which can be viewed by clicking on this video link.
On week four, students were given the opportunity to have tailored tertiary tours. Those in Health and Local Government were able to visit both La Trobe University and Bendigo TAFE whilst the Agriculture group were given a tour of Longrenong College. Students were able to learn of courses available, visit the training facilities and view campus accommodation.
Broader Horizons was first introduced in 2014 after input and consultations from local leading industry members keen to highlight the breadth of local employment opportunities for St Arnaud young people. In 2017 the program received statewide recognition in the Structured Workplace Learning program as one of only twelve programs to be chosen by the Department of Education to have a school industry engagement video produced.
This video highlights both the impetus for the development of the program as well as the value of the program. This video can be viewed on the North Central LLEN website in the Programs tab.