NSW Career Pathways Pilot Launched

Date —

07 Nov 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

The Government’s Education Pathways Pilot Program, an initiative of the New South Wales Government, will be trialled at schools in areas that are expecting higher levels of youth unemployment. The program aims to transform the way students think about career pathways and ensure they have the opportunity to learn and prepare for the next stage of their lives.

Key Issues —

The NSW Government Educational Pathways Program will pilot a new program in schools to promote career pathways to vocational education, traineeship and university. The Program includes ten different initiatives that will be trialled in areas of higher youth unemployment.

The aim of the program is to improve career advice and subject choices at school, and to increase school-based apprenticeships and traineeships to help disadvantaged and disengaged students further their education.

Increasing education will maximise the chance of employment and also build up skills in regional areas to keep the economy growing.

Another pilot program will see the creation of a specialist Careers Immersion Team that will collaborate with local employers and industry to develop partnerships with local schools and broker training and employment opportunities.

What You Need To Know

  • High Schools in South West Sydney and on the North Coast will be involved with the pilot;
  • $10 million will be invested in the pilot to change the way students and their parents think about career pathways;
  • The program will support subject choices at school that will give students the best career pathway;
  • Subject choices will include pathways for VET, apprentices or university;
  • The NSW Government is engaging industry on some of the pilot programs that involve partnerships to promote apprenticeships and traineeship pathways to university.

New South Wales Government link –

The initiative has been welcomed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors as it provides advice on the education pathway that’s the best fit for a student’s intended career pathway.

Independent providers support more than 70% of the 4.1 million students undertaking VET programs, including 58% of students undertaking a VET Diploma, 64% of students undertaking a Certificate IV and 58% of students undertaking a Certificate III. Independent providers also support nearly 10% of the 1.5 million students in higher education.


Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education Reference Committee.


Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to vocational.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.

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