On Friday 5th August 2011, the Brimbank/Melton LLEN in conjunction with the Beacon Foundation, hosted a “Futures Forum” at Victoria University Sunshine Convention Centre. The Forum was attended by Year 9 and 10 students and teachers from Beacon schools.
The aim of the Forum was to raise awareness of the possible future pathways for young people and the requirements necessary to achieve successful outcomes.
Andrew Smith, Western Metropolitan Region Career Development Officer from the Dept of Education and Early Childhood Development gave the Key Note address which focused on careers and future pathways. Click on the link below to access the presentation:
The Guest Speaker at the Forum was Sam Riggio. Sam is the author of “Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself”. After a horrific car accident in 1999 Sam was told he would never walk again. What Sam discovered and how he taught himself to walk again after over six years is an amazing story. He shared his insights into overcoming trauma, achieving goals against all odds and made a strong connection with the students who attended the Forum.
Students participated in four workshops:
Workshop 1: Apprenticeships/ASBA’s/Traineeships(Presented by Tom Hallinan of Apprenticeships Group Australia)
Workshop 2: Employability Skills (Presented by Eric Keenan, Education Consultant)
Workshop 3: Communication & Presentation (Presented by Annie Hinton, Beacon Foundation)
Workshop 4: Work Matters (Presented by Ian Hanmer)