‘Benalla Works’, a website to boost local youth employment opportunities, is now live thanks to nine months of hard work by a group of Benalla students
The students, aged 11 to 16, were involved in an after-school project run by Tomorrow Today to help develop their critical thinking, communication and digital literacy skills. The young people were supported to explore local issues that were pertinent to them, then participated in sessions with top Australian digital company Seer Data and Analytics to ‘think outside the square’ and identify possible digital solutions.
“Consultations with close to 300 local students indicated the most popular digital solution proposed related to youth employment,” said Sally Matheson from Tomorrow Today.
“Feedback was sought from local employers and their input influenced the design of a website that is easy to navigate and useful for job seekers and businesses alike.”
The talented group of students prepared promotional material and a vibrant product pitch, that was presented to 200 business people during the luncheon at the recent Winton Hands On Trades Expo. They enthusiastically demonstrated the site to local students, businesses and employment agencies.
“These young people can be incredibly proud of their effort in producing and launching the Benalla Works website,” Sally Matheson commented.
“They showed incredible confidence and poise in presenting their product to a diverse audience. The feedback they have received about the website has been outstanding.”
The next step for our young entrepreneurs is to promote Benalla Works to their peers and to the wider Benalla business community. Benalla’s community groups have not been forgotten, with an opportunity to advertise volunteering opportunities as well.
Businesses that are looking to employ young people, aged 15-25 years, are encouraged to hop on to www.benallaworks.com.au and post a job. The students are able to assist job seekers, employers and community groups to navigate the straight forward process of listing a position.
Tomorrow Today is currently recruiting 11 -16 year old students to participate in the 2019 digital awesomeness. Who knows what might be developed by this year’s group of innovators! Contact Tomorrow Today to register interest 5762 1211.