Our member companies support students and schools in a wide variety of ways (in addition to providing volunteer mentors through ABCN). Here are some valuable resources from some of our member companies.

Skills and Careers

Digital literacy resources: Optus has a Digital Thumbprint program that includes five curriculum-linked lessons, ideal for boosting students’ digital literacy during remote learning. Teachers can register Years 7-8 classes for digital workshops covering topics such as cyber-security and cyberbullying. There are also useful resources for parents and carers.

Tech careers program: CommBank’s free Careers in Tech online learning program shows students what a career in technology might look like with CommBank. The self-paced program includes modules on cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, website planning and digital forensics, demonstrating a wide variety of tasks in the field of technology and innovation. Click here to access the program.

Economics education: UBS has converted its annual HSC Economics Day to a virtual event that features video presentations from Australia’s leading economists, economics editors, strategists and professors. Students interested in pursuing studies in business or economics are invited to click here to register to access the content.

Job preparation program: Accenture’s Skills to Succeed Academy is a free, online learning program that aims to build crucial skills and confidence of students in Years 9–12 to prepare them for the world of work. Students choose from 36 interactive modules, including resume building, interview preparation and how to nail your first day at a new job. Click here to learn more about Skills to Succeed, and to find the access code for the program.

CEO career talk: ABCN has invited many of our member companies to participate in career talks through our Q&A-style program, My Career Rules. Listen to ex-CEO of CSR, Rob Sindel, answer student questions about his career here.

Tech Pathways

KPMG’s Technology Traineeship Pathway offers NSW high school graduates a career pathway in technology. The three-year paid traineeship starts in February 2022. Applications close 15 January 2022. More info here.

Westpac offers annual Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships to high school graduates. Applications opened in August 2021; close dates are determined by partnering universities. More info here.

PwC’s Higher Apprenticeship Program is an alternative pathway that helps young Australians earn an IT qualification straight out of high school, while working at PwC. Applications close 7 November 2021. More info here.

Microsoft Australia’s Traineeship Program is designed to support budding technology/IT professionals to take the first step in their career. Apply before 19 November 2021. More info here.
Microsoft has also partnered with Girl Geek Academy to run free online sessions to inspire girls in Years 7-10 to build STEM, coding and AI skills. The sessions take place every Monday after school until June 2022. More info here.


ABCN webinar: Steven Worrall, Managing Director of Microsoft Australia, and Anne-Maree Crivelli, Principal of Glenroy College, join ABCN CEO Allegra Spender to discuss how they are managing change in their organisations and personally. Click here to download the audio recording.


ABCN webinar: Watch as our CEO Allegra Spender is joined by Glenn Baird, Head of Mental Health at TAL, Petrina Felix-Tolhurst, Executive Manager of Business Enablement at IAG, and Beth Godwin, Principal of Cabramatta High School, for a frank discussion about mental health, managing stress, and looking out for the wellbeing of others. Click here to download the audio recording.

Download: Here’s a simple five-page pack of resources for managing mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

Online resources: ReachOut has some great classroom resources (thanks, Stockland, for suggesting we connect with them). They include tips for teacher wellbeing and supporting students, such as quick ‘Wellbeing Fives’ activities. R U OK? also has a wealth of educator resources here.

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