Bundaberg school to support careers of tomorrow

Minister for Education, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Racing The Honourable Grace Grace

Bundaberg’s Kepnock State High School has secured funding for a program that will help students better prepare for life beyond school.

Education Minister Grace Grace congratulated Kepnock SHS, who were among 25 Queensland schools to make successful applications to the Careers Capability Development Grants Program.

“It’s so important that we prepare our school students for the workplaces of the future,” Ms Grace said.

“We want to make sure young Queenslanders are as prepared as they can possibly be for the good jobs on offer in our state before they have even finished school.”

Eligible state schools, either stand-alone or with a cluster of other schools, were able to apply for grants of up to $25,000 to build on quality career strategies, practices and approaches.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith said the school would use the grant to help implement a career education project for students.

“The aim of the program is for schools to share their learnings, successes, and challenges, and develop practices that promote innovation in career education,” Mr Smith said.

“This important initiative will support the new Prep to Year 12 Pathways to a successful future strategy for preparing state school students for life beyond school and the workplaces of the future.

“We are committed to supporting every student in that important transition between school and future training, learning and careers.”

Schools from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast have shared in a total of $250,000 as part of the program.

Kepnock State High School will use the grant to strengthen curriculum opportunities that build students’ career knowledge and skills for the future – applying a careers lens to entrepreneurial and enterprise skills.

Principal Nicholas Howkins welcomed the announcement.

“The grant will be used to create a series of master classes for the sustainable delivery of pre-entrepreneurial education as part of the wider Year 10 careers program,” Mr Howkins said.

“Ultimately, students will build a learner profile that will then guide their studies in Years 11 and 12 and assist with employment and/or training on completion of their secondary education.”

The full list of grant recipients below:

  • Bribie Island State High School
  • Brisbane cluster:
    • Coorparoo Secondary College
    • Kelvin Grove State College
    • Mansfield State High School
    • Macgregor State High School
    • Indooroopilly State High School
  • Currumbin Community Special School
  • Far North cluster:
    • Smithfield State High School
    • Redlynch State College
  • Ferny Grove State High School
  • Kepnock State High School
  • Marsden State High School
  • Merrimac State High School
  • Roma CLAW cluster:
    • Dirranbandi State School
    • St. George State High School
    • Charleville State High School
    • Quilpie State College
    • Cunnamulla State School
    • Goondiwindi State High School
    • Roma State College
    • Mitchell State School
    • Surat State School
    • Injune State School
    • Wallumbilla State School
  • Woodcrest State College

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