Cairns schools to support careers of tomorrow

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

Two Cairns schools have secured funding for programs that will help their students better prepare for life beyond school.

Education Minister Grace Grace congratulated Smithfield State High School and Redlynch State College, 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 Barron River, Minister Craig Crawford, said the schools would use the grants to help implement career education projects 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 Crawford 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.

Smithfield State High School Principal Frank Brunetto welcomed the announcement.

“The grant will provide the catalyst for a change in mindset of what a world with no barriers can look like for all students, by strengthening the partnerships between school, industry, tertiary partners, employers and organisations, creating a seamless pathway for success,” Mr Brunetto said.

“The grant will allow both schools to promote personalised learning and provide support to fulfill the individual capabilities and needs of our students, ensuring young people of all backgrounds are supported to achieve their full educational potential.”

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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