The Western Australian government has announced it will be deploying ‘career practitioners’ across 70 high schools in the state next year to help students explore work and study options after graduating.
Education and training minister Sue Ellery announced the multi-million dollar initiative on Wednesday, saying that it would help set students up for successful futures.
“I understand that for many students considering their future career options can be both exciting and daunting,” Ellery said.
“Career practitioners will ensure that students are exposed to current and future work requirements and are supported to plan their pathway once they finish school.”
The program will benefit senior high school students, the minister said, and focus on schools with a high number of those who go on to pursue Vocational Educational and Training programs.
Career practitioners participating in the program will be qualified with a Graduate Certificate in Career Development and employed as teachers at designated schools in WA. They will work with school leaders to ensure students are given a range of opportunities to undertake work experience or learn about different study options.
The minister added that the practitioners’ role would liaise with students, staff, parents, training providers, employers and industry.
“Students will benefit from the knowledge and expertise that the practitioners have about entry requirements for further study, along with an understanding of training providers and local employers,” Ellery said.
“This is just another way that WA public schools are supporting students to set them up for successful futures.”