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Episode Info: Find out how the Inspiring the Future Australia campaign is helping connect students to people in STEM careers! We chat with Adrian Rhodes who is the Director for the project and discover not only how easy it is for schools to connect, but also the impact it is having in breaking down stereotypes. Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education More about Adrian Rhodes Adrian has 48 years of experience in education, community development, career development and cross-sector partnership brokering in Australia and overseas and is passionate about supporting young people to reach their full educational and vocational potential. He commenced his career as a Primary School Teacher in Victoria and in a remote indigenous community school in Western Australia. For the past 20 years, Adrian has been in heavily involved in vocational education and government-funded career support programs for school students in the greater Sydney region. He has brokered numerous sustainable partnerships between schools, business and community organisations that continue to broaden the career horizons of young people. He is a member of the NSW Justices Association and member of the Asia-Pacific and International Partnership Brokers Associations. About the Inspiring the Future Australia Campaign Inspiring the Future (ITF) Australia is a national campaign to give every school student the opportunity to be inspired and motivated by volunteers from a wide range of occupations and industries at all levels. Workplace volunteers sign up on the ITF online platform where they create a personal profile including school regions they are willing to travel to on invitation. Teachers sign up online for free to search for and invite registered volunteers into their school to share their career story or help in other ways. ITF challenges gender, cultural and socio-economic stereotyping, broadens students’ career horizons and helps to illustrate the relevance of their classroom studies to workplace applications. The more connections that school students have with people from the workplace, the better equipped they are to make informed decisions about their future study and career options and to gain meaningful employment. ITF expands the number of those connections, especially for students with limited role models, living in families experiencing intergenerational unemployment and other types of entrenched social disadvantage.https://www.inspiringthefuture.org.au/page/homepage School Industry Partnership At Schools Industry Partnership (SIP), they believe that every young person has a gift or talent inside them. the team st SIP work with young people to help them discover their career passion and how to transform their skills leading to real jobs.https://schoolsindustry.com.au/ About the FizzicsEd Podcast Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of...
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