Future Connect has been developing partnerships with industries in Melbourne's West to try and provide career pathways opportunities for young people in the area. One of the partnerships being developed is with Racing Victoria. The main perception that we have garnered from young people is that the racing industry is restricted to the areas of horse studies, veterinary studies and jockey opportunities, however, the racing industry provides a multitude of career opportunities.
Representatives from Racing Victoria made a presentation to teachers at the Brimbank & Melton Careers Teachers Network meeting on the gamut of career paths available in the racing industry. Future Connect was able to negotiate through Racing Victoria and VRC Flemington a pilot industry visit day for VCAL students from Victoria University Secondary College. The students visited Danny O'Brien Racing Stables viewing horse studies and the veterinary area, met the Track Management Manager to hear about landscaping and ground maintenance opportunities with the gardeners showing the students the work they were undertaking in preparation for Melbourne Cup Day in the horticulture area. They were also able to visit the event management and marketing areas where staff spoke to the students about business and IT career opportunities. Peter Rowland Caterers provided lunch on the day and outlined the various hospitality opportunities available.
LOGISTICS INDUSTRY STRUCTURED WORKPLACE CHALLENGE
In 2019 Future Connect conducted a review of the Logistics industry as a career pathway for students in the Brimbank/Melton area. The focus for this review arose from feedback via the VET cluster that Certificate II in International Freight & Logistics although offered as a course of study was not being taken up by students. Whilst the Western corridor area of Melbourne was experiencing a substantial growth in the Logistics industry development and employment opportunities it appeared that we had an employment growth area locally that young people were unaware of.
In Term 2 Future Connect established a Reference Group to provide a student perspective of the logistics industry as a career pathway and provide recommendations on how to better develop the student-based knowledge of this industry. The Reference Group consisted of six students from Kurunjang Secondary College, Lakeview Senior College, St Albans Secondary College and Taylors Lakes Secondary College. The Reference Group work was conducted as a Structured Workplace Learning placement one day per week for ten weeks as part of their VET Certificate III Business studies course.
The Industry Freight & Logistics Association representing the logistic industry had engaged consultant, Robert Brown, to promote the industry as a career pathway for young people. In partnership with Robert, logistics industries were approached to be part of the project. QANTAS, PATRICK-SEAPORT, MAINFREIGHT, MCGREGOR TRANSPORT and LINFOX agreed to host the Reference Group with industry site visits. Over the ten week period we visited the sites and worked with the students in developing a Business Plan outlining their learnings and recommendations on how to improve the knowledge of students on career opportunities in the industry.
The plan was presented to representatives from the host industries and school representatives from the students' college's on June 27th. Their recommendations are:
- Incursions into schools by logistic people
- Build excursions into year 7 - 9 to different industries
- All schools have an organisation like Future Connect to connect schools to projects like this
- Listen to and hear from industry people showing pathways that are successful
- Listen to the new generation about their experiences and stories
- Show more, talk less!