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‘Future Work’ is a stunning new project developed by Tomorrow Today to improve the employability of Benalla’s young people.

In a world where automation will make many jobs redundant, Benalla’s young people need a portfolio of flexible, portable skills that will give them the greatest advantage when they enter the workforce.

A wide range of activities for 11 to 16 year-olds will expose young people to multiple career opportunities and help them develop a range of skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, working as part of a team, and communicating effectively with others. .

One component of ‘Future Work’ will focus on improving young people’s digital literacy. Partnering with Seer Data and Analytics, Tomorrow Today will work with 40 young people to identify community issues and opportunities and work to develop digital solutions or tools that address these issues.

The ideas and solutions suggested will be voted on by the wider Benalla youth community. The most popular ideas will be developed into prototypes by expert designers and tested for feasibility, viability and desirability, in conjunction with the students. If the ideas are commercially oriented, they may be developed as business concepts that will deliver financial benefit for the young people involved in their development.

The digital project coordinator, Sally Matheson, is urging Benalla’s young people to apply for the chance to be involved.

“This project will provide an outstanding opportunity for students to develop their technical, creative, problem-solving and entrepreneurial skills”, she said.

“We’re working with leaders in the digital field so I think it’s going to be an eye-opening experience for all of us, and lots of fun.”

If you know of a young person aged between 11 to 16 years living in Benalla who would be interested in participating in this project, please contact Sally Matheson, Education Benalla Program Manager, on 5762 1211.

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