Career counsellor will benefit Bundy youths

SIX Bundaberg region state high schools have banded together to successfully convince the State Government to give them half a million dollars for a career counsellor for local youths.

Bundaberg State High School principal Karen McCord said local families could not afford to waste any money and this funding would cover a career counsellor for three years and a project manager.

The project was one of only 21 granted to secondary and special schools state-wide.

Ms McCord submitted the funding application on behalf of her school plus Bundaberg North State High, Gin Gin State High, Isis District State High, Kepnock State Highand Rosedale State School.

She said the concept had been three years in the making and it would involve bringing local industries on board.

But Ms McCord said it was most important that students understood who they were and what employment suited them - not just what was available when they headed into the workforce.

The project will be required to develop a case study highlighting how it can be used across Queensland's state schools.

Ms McCord and Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson credited the plan for its collective and region-wide impact.

"It's our collective approach that made the difference and that really got us over the line," Ms McCord said.

"It's a team effort."

Ms Donaldson will today announce the $500,000 in funding from the Collaboration Innovation Fund.

"Bundaberg State High School will facilitate collaboration between schools, community and industry to enhance students' transition from high school and enhance their employment capacity," she said.

"The project will help students build an understanding of pathways after school including further education, trade training or employment."

Ms Donaldson said the projects that received funding were judged to have the ability to make a real difference to students' education.

"We want to encourage schools to invest in creative and collaborative programs designed to add further depth and quality to the education offered to their students."

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