Enterprise and Employability
about the program
Aspirations is designed to familiarise high school students with the working world and equip them with skills to build a successful career.
Research shows there is a gap between what young people learn at school and the skills they need to be successful at work. For students from disadvantaged schools, this is compounded by the lack of access to professional role models and work opportunities. In many cases, their choices beyond school are influenced by a lack of understanding about their own strengths and skills, limited knowledge about different pathways and no sense of entitlement to further education or career options outside the local community.
Aspirations focuses on Years 10 and 11 as a critical time when students determine what type of further education they will pursue, or whether they will continue with school at all. Mentors sharing their own career journeys and challenges can make an enormous impact as students consider their options for the future.
The program can be delivered fully digitally, face-to-face in the workplace or as a combination of both (blended). Sessions include understanding personal brand, recognising personal strengths, interview techniques and the development of essential employability skills such as communication and teamwork.
Read how the learning outcomes of our Aspirations program address key Australian Curriculum General Capabilities.
Program time commitment
Face-to-face delivery: 8 hrs 30 min total for students, 9 hrs total for mentors
Digital delivery: 6 hrs 30 min total for students, 5 hrs total for mentors
Meet an alumnus: Watch as Joshua talks about his Aspirations program.
said they now feel prepared for the world of work
said they are now aware of the skills that employers are looking for
— Aspirations student
“Aspirations gave me a better understanding of what employers are looking for and practical skills when trying to apply for a different job.”