Pathways into school-based traineeships to meet demand for workers
Employers and local stakeholders are thinking more about innovative workforce strategies.
One such strategy is to approach local schools to create a feeder ‘Hub’ for pathways into employment. The Hub concept involves one school taking on the lead or host role, with students from other local schools able to access the training there. The concept is becoming increasingly popular, with several schools now embracing the model, including Mabel Park in Queensland.
This collaborative model would work particularly well in regional areas where there may not be teachers with the relevant qualifications to deliver the training at each school, or the low number of potential students at each school makes it uneconomical for a training organisation to service them individually.
Collaborating to form a training hub has many advantages. By combining student numbers, it enables a more efficient use of training resources and makes it a more cost-efficient and worthwhile proposition for a training provider. The interactive student setting can also help to build community spirit.
The Hub model also offers the opportunity to create links between local schools and employers. The local state education department or your Regional Coordinator can help to bring the schools and employers together to discuss work experience and traineeship opportunities, as well as what qualifications would lead to jobs in the sector.
Employers can keep schools informed of the types of skills needed and the types of jobs that are available within the region. They can also help to ensure that any training addresses the types of foundation skills and knowledge needed in the local area.
This all helps to establish long-term recruitment strategies to create a sustainable pipeline of local workers.
Read the combined My Horizon and Mabel Park case study here.
Image used with permission from Mabel Park State School, Queensland.