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Title: Multiple pathways at Goondiwindi State High School - an education and industry partnership
Keywords: Multiple Pathways program
lead agency
providing training and skilling opportunities
formal training requirements
fulltime local employment
work prospects
TRAC (Training in Retail and Commerce)
Goondiwindi State High Schoo
community participation
Issue Date: 30-Jun-2003
Publisher: Goondiwindi State High School
Series/Report no.: ;CRDC192
Abstract: The Multiple Pathways program at Goondiwindi State High Schoolis a lighthouse example for other rural communities to engage in a training agenda. The Goondiwindi State High School has played the role of lead agency in the wider community as it has focused on providing training and skilling opportunities for its students in partnership with local industry. The complexity of meeting formal training requirements in rural remote communities who have no access to either training providers or training facilities deters most stakeholders from pursuing formal quality training. Destination studies undertaken by Goondiwindi State High School provide detailed analysis of students' employment and training qualifications five years after their completion of Year 12. These studies indicated that the 70% of students who moved to fulltime local employment were being significantly disadvantaged by a lack of formalised training. The results of the first destination studies undertaken in 1994 indicated that of this 70%, only 1.3% were formally qualified or involved in any post school training. Without access to training these graduates face reduced mobility and limited long-term work prospects. The school embraced the opportunity to formalise qualifications for students through a partnership of training with the business community. The early stages of Vocational Education in our school involved the delivery of TRAC (Training in Retail and Commerce). Our naivety about the complexity of delivering formal qualifications was only dwarfed by our enthusiasm! What makes our program outstanding is its diversity and the level of student participation, employer participation, parental support and successfully overcoming the extraordinary difficulties of dealing with the range of stakeholders involved. The program's success has been validated by education (as a recipient of Education Queensland's inaugural 2000 Showcase Award for Excellence) as well as by industry (as recipient of the Queensland Training Award for the McDonald's Australia Vocational Education and Training in Schools Excellence Award). Strategically it was important to work collaborativeIy and cooperativeIy with local employers. The school initiated many information evenings (involving employers, parents and students); business breakfasts; employer training sessions; and door-to-door promotion. Many man hours, personal effort and effective management have cuIminated in the extraordinary success of the Goondiwindi State High School Vocational Education program in 2000.
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