A new strategy was created to increase the opportunities for students to gain industry insights and experiences which would prepare students for the world of work and inform their career pathways.

The pathways to employment strategy would seek to engage local businesses and schools and gain commitments on a number of key activities that could be delivered at regional level across Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley.

In December 2018, Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley LLEN facilitated an industry school breakfast in which commitments were gain in the form of pledges to deliver a number of activities. 90 pledges were offered from local businesses and 61 expressions of interest from local schools for the following key partnerships:

If your business would like to be involved and offer your support to local young people contact our Senior Project Officer Jade McQuilken.

If your school would like to participate in any of the industry school partnerships please contact our Project Officer Tim Bulaon.

Enterprise program

The regional enterprise program will bring between together 100-250 students from Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley schools to participate in a week long (April 29 – May 3) program facilitated by illuminate education. Students will work in small groups to identify a problem or challenge based on a ‘surprise theme’ and develop an entrepreneurial solution. We have facilitated 15 local business representatives to help guide and judge young people ideas, culminating in a graduation awards night on May 3. We are providing sponsoring of the inaugural program for $10,000.

Mock interviews event

The regional mock interview program will bring together students from across Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley and local business people to practice their preparation and participation in an interview process.

The event will be conducted on September 12, 2019 for schools across Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley. Students will come together at a central local and undertake a ‘mock’ interview for their preferred job with a local business person. The business personal will conduct the interview with professionalism and provide constructive feedback at the end of the process. Participating schools will be providing with a pack to prepare students for the mock interview day and post interview reflections.

Industry visits

Local businesses have offered to provide industry tours for Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley school students to increase their knowledge of careers and pathways opportunities.  We currently have 18 local businesses offering to provide industry visits in areas such as newspapers, graphic design, information technology social enterprise, local government, police, security, football clubs, community health, agriculture and events. If your schools has an interest in a particular industry area let us know in advance and we will do our best to coordinate a visit.

We have coordinated with our LLEN colleagues across the West (Future Connect & WynBay LLENs) to offer an Industry tour day for local indigenous students on September 17. Indigenous students will have an opportunity to explore careers and pathways with an industry tour of the Level Crossing Removal Authority.

Guest speakers

Several local businesses have offered to come to a school and be a guest speaker to support a careers, vocational or pathways school programs. Currently we have 19 local businesses offering to deliver a speaking opportunity at a Maribyrnong and Moonee Valley school in industry areas such as health, creative design, information technology social enterprise, level crossing removal, local government, police and online newspapers. If your schools has an interest in a particular industry area let us know