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Benalla’s Year 10 students had the opportunity to learn about training and career pathways at the recent Careers Day. Students from Benalla P-12 College, Benalla Flexible Learning Centre, EdSpace, FCJ College and the home schooling network participated in a variety of career focused workshops, workplace visits and presentations. The event was funded and coordinated by Tomorrow Today Foundation, working in partnership with local schools.

Young people began the day with the choice of a workplace visit or one of three interactive workshops. Workplace experiences included: watching an operation on a small animal close up at Rose City Veterinary Hospital; hands-on activities at Benalla Health; observing heavy machinery in operation at Schneider Electric and D & R Henderson; learning about and operating the latest gym equipment at Primal Health Club; and observing the workings of the Benalla Rural City Council depot. Workshops on food technology, art and design, and engineering were presented by the Melbourne University Dookie Campus, Charles Sturt University and Latrobe University respectively.

The 141 students then came together at the Lakeside Centre and heard from Benalla students who had engaged in a school-based apprenticeship. The student presenters highlighted the benefits of completing this training while continuing full-time secondary school studies.

After enjoying a delicious lunch catered by Rotary Club of Benalla, students participated in the very popular ‘Speedy Talks’. Students had the opportunity to interact with a range of local professionals who are working in the fields of health, environmental science, event management, music, and emergency services. All professionals generously volunteered their time to share their career pathways and inspire students to set goals for their future.

The day concluded with a series of workshops discussing careers in the police force, CFA, traineeships and apprenticeships, as well as university life.

Year 10 Careers Day is run annually as part of Tomorrow Todays’ Education Benalla Program.  Deb Paez, Transitions Coordinator at Tomorrow Today was delighted with the support received from local businesses, workplaces and volunteers. “It is fantastic to see so many local people come together to support our young people. We are so grateful that we can offer the opportunity to improve students’ knowledge of careers and career pathways locally.”