Local employers make a vital contribution to the education of the regions young people. During 2017 more than 2,100 businesses across the Illawarra, Southern Highlands, Shoalhaven and Far South Coast regions will be directly involved in training students as part of their Higher School Certificate (HSC). They do this by providing assistance in the following programs:
Students undertaking Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses as part of the HSC spend a week in Year 11 and a week in Year 12 in a relevant workplace, to practice and develop skills specifically related to the course of study. Employers share technical skills, but just as importantly students learn a work ethic, team work and a great deal more.
The YOUTH FRONTIERS Mentoring Program uses adult volunteers to commit to supporting, guiding, and being a friend to a young person with like-minded interests in Years 8 or 9. It aims to engage young people in projects which overcome barriers to participation in the community, develop and strengthen teamwork, communication, leadership and decision making skills.