Career Horizons

Career Horizons is a unique web portal designed to link education providers and students to a range of workplace and career experiences offered by local businesses in Central Victoria.

City Studio in Bendigo

CityStudio is part of a global shift in education that provides practical learning experiences to help students get jobs and engage in their City’s future development. CityStudio assists to increase citizen and public engagement with the City, while also encouraging the testing of concept prototypes with reduced risk and energise programs and staff to promote innovative initiatives. This immersive learning program takes students outside the classroom and into the City, its workplaces and the community to problem-solve and co-create solutions to a key civic questions, challenges or opportunities facing the community. [more] La Trobe University's Bendigo Campus and the City of Greater Bendigo jointly developed the ‘CityStudio’ initiative, a first in Australia, and modelled on the highly successful program pioneered in Vancouver Canada. Bendigo’s inaugural ‘CityStudio’ program ran for five weeks from 25 June to 27 July 2018 and saw 16 students from a range of disciplines come together to work and engage with our community to reimagine the Bendigo Creek. Bendigo through a partnership between the City and La Trobe University is the first council in Australia to implement this program, although another has quickly followed our lead. In late June 2018, we launched a pilot of the CityStudio model with 16 La Trobe University students from over 12 disciplines and a mix of age groups to make up four teams who looked at Re-imagining Bendigo Creek. Students presented their project findings and proposals a showcase event ‘Hubbub’ at the end of the five week program. CityStudio mobilises student energy and resources, to get projects on the ground and increase public engagement in the exploration of innovative solutions, as a way of making Bendigo a more liveable, joyful and sustainable city. The benefits of using CityStudio’s immersive learning model of open dialogue and place based inquiry, is that it cultivates an understanding of the complexity of problems, an empathy with different views and tools to assist in opening up possibilities and opportunities for change. These learnings benefit all who participate; students, staff, community leaders and the general public. In this instance, the students formed four teams under the broad overarching theme of Creeks Connecting Communities. CityStudio is set to run again in June/July 2019.
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Partnerships with the Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network GLLEN

The Goldfields Local Learning and Employment Network GLLEN in partnerships with other organisations have trained Young Industry Ambassadors (YIA) since 2010. The GLLEN is committed to ongoing training of Young Industry Ambassadors, YIA, who present their own career pathways to younger students in upper primary and secondary schools. The diverse pathways these young employees have taken to success, demonstrates the value of remaining at school while sharing knowledge about the various pathways available to achieve career goals. YIAs are usually between the ages of 20-30 years, so that school students can easily relate to them. Through the generosity of their employers, YIAs can visit schools or host students at their workplace, at no cost to schools or teachers to book a YIA. You can read their profiles and enquire on the email link at: www.gllen.org.au
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Bendigo Tech School opening in 2018

The new purpose-built Bendigo Tech School is currently under construction, and will open later this year, with Graeme Wiggins as Tech School Director. Once completed, the Tech School will provide secondary students from 14 local partner schools with access to cutting-edge learning technologies and programs, designed to provide vital science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills needed for the careers of the 21st century. Hosted by La Trobe University and developed in consultation with local industry partners, Bendigo Tech School’s programs will focus on new energy, food and fibre, transport, defence and construction technologies, advanced manufacturing and the latest in medical technologies. Visit the Victorian School Building Authority website for regular updates.
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