It enables us to work beyond our core programs, collaborating with our member companies and schools to pilot new programs and concepts. In this way, our program curriculum is responding to the greatest needs of the changing world of work to maximise impact.
Thanks to grants from our business partners, we collaborated on the following initiatives in 2020:
Supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students is a key ABCN priority. In 2020 we launched a partnership with the NSW Department of Education to deliver tailored digital GOALS programs to First Nations Year 9 students at Mount Austin High School and Northlakes High School. ABCN is working closely with Aboriginal Learning and Engagement Centres in schools throughout NSW to pilot programs that will support engagement, attendance, retention and HSC attainment.
Support from Ecstra Foundation allowed us to research and pilot financial capability content within our digital GOALS program, aimed at boosting the financial literacy of Year 9 students. Based on the strong results from this program, we will be incorporating financial capability content across a number of our core programs in 2021 and beyond.
SolveIT is a partnership with EY that aims to create authentic learning experiences linked to the Year 9 mathematics curriculum.
My Career Rules an initiative supported by Accenture to connect Years 10-11 students with a panel of professionals sharing their career stories and expertise in an interactive video conference environment.
AI for Good is an initiative run with Microsoft aimed at teaching students in Years 7-12 the basic concepts of artificial intelligence, followed by a design thinking hackathon using AI to make a positive difference.
Skills to Succeed is an Accenture online program aimed at students in Years 9-12 which focuses on building confidence and identifying strengths in preparation for employment.
ABCN supports a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) work experience program aimed at female students in Years 10 and 11.
In 2017, during her final year at Sefton High School, Zara participated in a joint TCS/Westpac GoITGirls program. ‘It definitely changed my life,’ she says. ‘It’s given me amazing opportunities to work at incredible companies, build connections with great people and learn so many new things. I always look back on that program and reflect how far I’ve come just from that one-week work experience.’
Watch as Zara tells us more about her story below.
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