Bringing Entrepreneurial Learning in Action to Regional NSW Schools
The NSW Government recognises that when it comes to supporting secondary students to become job-ready, industry plays a crucial role. That is why it has joined forces with startup.business with support from Training Services NSW Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) officers to build stronger networks and increase partnerships to boost student awareness of career opportunities in their local region.
The Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) is a NSW Government initiative that strengthens connections between local industry and secondary school communities and support students in planning their future career pathways by:
– building partnerships between employers and local schools
– supporting employers to engage with schools and share their expectations for their future workforce
– helping students develop the skills they need to get a job; and
– strengthening links between what is learned at school and what is needed in the workplace.
To help achieve this, the NSW Government will fund 20 schools across regional and rural NSW to run the startup.business program in curriculum to Stage 5 Commerce OR Stage 5 Geography students for the Local Schools for Local Industry initiative commencing in Term 2, 2020. Students will focus on identifying industry challenges in their local region and then build and pitch a business idea that provides a sustainable solution. It is a highly engaging program that also involves mentoring and worksite visits with local businesses.
Applications are now open and will close Friday July 26. Interested schools should head to the NSW Government website to asses their eligibility and apply to receive the funding. Two schools from each of the targeted RIEP regions across the state will receive full funding for program delivery.
Partnering with AgriFutures Australia
In 2018, AgriFutures Australia partnered with startup.business to deliver Entrepreneurial Learning in Action programs to 7 schools across rural and regional Australia. The program was tailored to have students focus on using innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset to solve local problems in Agriculture. Winners of the pitch comp at the end of the program were then invited to compete in a national pitch final during the Brilliant BusinessKids Festival in Sydney.