Program inspires youth education

Program inspires youth education

Youth unemployment is around double the national rate, and in some disadvantaged communities it is as high as 25 per cent.

Young people desperately need inspiring employers to show them the possibilities available to them if they finish their education, enter The Smith Family’s (TSF) Work Inspiration Program.

Year 9 students from Gladstone State High School took part in Gladstone’s first-ever Work Inspiration Program last month.

Over three days the 19 students were guided by the team from Orica Yarwun, learning about staff members’ career journeys, what kind of skills are needed on-site, and carried out workbook activities to find out more about themselves and what sort of jobs they might be interested in in the future.

E, who participates in TSF’s Learning for Life Program, said she thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and talk with the Orica Team.

“I’m interested in an apprenticeship or a trade once I finish school,” she said.

“So, it has been great to learn about the skills I will need from the experts.

“I will be recommending the program to my friends.”

TSF Program Coordinator Rebecca Whittaker said “the students really appreciated the opportunity to ask workers from Orica how they got started in their careers, and what their day-to-day work is like.

“From the hands-on activities to the workbook exercises, they gained a lot of important insights into the areas of work they could be interested in pursuing in the future,” she said.

“It was a great experience.”

Orica Yarwun Site General Manager Viney Kumar said his team was happy to guide the students “through the opportunities in our industry and inspire an up-coming generation of future Gladstone workforce”.

“Orica places very high value on making a meaningful contribution to the community we operate in, so seeing so many of our Orica Yarwun team volunteers living that value was a matter of great pride,” he said.

In 2018 Orica joined TSF as founding partner to also bring the Learning for Life Program to Gladstone.

The program recognises that disadvantaged children need extra support to stay in school, and go on to further studies or a job, and helps them gain that support.

600 Gladstone students are supported by the program.

TSF plans to run 15 more Work Inspirations Program events in the 2021/2022 financial year.

For more information on the program, including how your business can get involved, contact Rebecca on 0466 013 857 or