2015 Student Futures Forum
INDUSTRY leaders and school principals gathered together on Wednesday for the second annual Student Futures Forum for the Bundaberg region, held at The Waves Sports Club.
The event, which involved state high schools from across the entire region, sought to engage representatives from all local industry through membership of the ongoing Bundaberg Regional Youth Hub's (BRYH) Industry Reference Group.
"The aim of this group is to keep channels open between industry and schools, to better aid the education system in preparing school leavers for employment in local businesses. It will also do much to inform future funding applications of priorities for industry when developing programmes such as the already successful GenR8 school-based training platform," Reference Group chair Tanya McCombe said.
"Timing of the event is significant, as the Hub has recently won funding to employ a local project officer to oversee the liaison between industry and schools and implement the action plan developed through the relationship."
Economic Development officer Scott Coleman said the Bundaberg region suffered a relatively high youth unemployment problem and the region was fortunate to have such a high level of involvement and commitment from schools, industry and the council.
"Addressing unemployment and promoting economic growth are two of the tangible goals as set out by council's Economic Development Strategy, A Better Climate for Business, and this Student Future's concept is well in-line with that," he said.
The Reference Group has a current vacancy for a representative from the Tourism industry. Anybody interested in representing the sector should forward their relevant qualifications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
To keep abreast of the BRYH and its activities, you can stay in touch online at www.businessbundaberg.com.au/studentfutures .