The DEAI has recently registered with this new innovative program. It is a great way to promote a career in disability among school students.
Anyone can sign up and has their own personal career story to share; please consider sharing your DE journey to inspire students for their future and contribute to growing the disability workforce.
Launched in Sydney, Australia in April 2017, South Australia is the next state to adopt the model to benefit SA students and their education.
This is funded by the Department for Education and supported by NASSSA – Northern Adelaide State Secondary Schools’ Alliance and the Department for Industry and Skills.
Business and industry have documented skill shortages and also forecasts on jobs growth areas, that students need to learn about via industry, to give choice on pathways, raise awareness and breakdown gender stereotyping in the workplace and create engagement and discussion that can lead them to meaningful employment.
The heart of Inspiring the Future is to broaden student learning and skills on pathways to careers and learn more about industry and the diversity of roles available plus create larger awareness to help breakdown gender stereotyping within industry. 1 hr per year commitment is all we ask and participation is really enjoyed by volunteers!
Teachers (both primary and secondary) and volunteers (industry and staff within organisations – individuals) signup via the platform and this then enables teachers across all year levels to connect with volunteers and see their profile. Organisations and Associations can sign up, upload their logo and this will attach to staff volunteers that sign up too.
Inspiring the Future is a secure online platform and is FREE. www.inspiringthefuture.org.au
Teachers use this as a ‘one stop’ tool to invite volunteers via the platform, into schools, for an informal talk with students or to a school activity to learn about career pathways, industry, educational route, job roles and employer expectations. Teachers are wanting to connect to industry volunteers from all levels – apprentices/interns and trainees to CEO’s from all sectors and professions.