A new website is set to revitalise career education and ensure young people can plot a pathway to a job in their chosen field.
The Marshall Liberal Government’s new Student Pathways website will make it easier for students from Year 7 to 12 to discover opportunities for careers they want, related to their interests, right here in South Australia.
It’s the first dedicated school student-facing pathways website in South Australia and contains a range of features that allow students to record their key achievements and experiences, supported by a tool that automatically generates an editable CV in preparation for entering the workforce.
The website offers a large range of content direct from industry and also allows students to identify opportunities for school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, work experience and other career exploration activities.
Minister for Education John Gardner said the launch today was an important step in modernising careers education and the way that vocational education and training are delivered in schools.
“With Year 7 moving into high school next year, this website has come at the perfect time to support students to think about their career from the start of their high school journey, when they are beginning to clarify their passions and interests,” said Minister Gardner.
“This website is one of the key platforms in our VET for School Students policy, which aims to help our young people make the most of the opportunities presented by South Australia’s growing and transforming economy.
“It is packed with features that will make it easier for young people to identify a pathway to their chosen career and access the opportunities that will help them to get there.
“It will also help students discover career opportunities they may not have even heard of, but which suit their interests and skills.
“This will have a major impact in helping young people understand how their interests and passions at school can be turned into a meaningful career after they graduate.”
Minister Gardner said the website is also the key tool supporting students to complete the World of Work (WOW) Challenge, which encourages young people to engage in 100 hours of work exposure to help them decide their future career.
“The website offers virtual work experience, industry challenges and more to help them on their way to achieving 100 hours in the work of work,” said Minister Gardner.
“Students will use the website to log their WOW-related career engagement activities and other relevant experience.”
Hot on the heels of the creation of 26 industry-endorsed Flexible Industry Pathways (FIPs), the website features an interactive tool for students to see the study and career opportunities available through FIPs.
Minister Gardner said momentum is building behind the new FIPs approach which is restoring the value and true purpose of VET pathways.
“We have worked extremely hard with industry bodies to raise the profile of VET in schools and ensure VET pathways leads to more meaningful job outcomes,” said Minister Gardner.
“The website is a shop window for FIPs and students should definitely take a good look.
“Each FIP has been designed with industry so students can pursue the pathway confident that jobs opportunities will be there if they do they work.”
The Student Pathways website can be found at https://studentpathways.sa.edu.au