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$4.5 million to strengthen careers advice.

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Australian Government Minister for Education, Science and Training

Media Release


16 April, 2004 MIN 678/04

Careers advisers play a vital role in the lives of young people. They identify and draw out each student’s strengths and aspirations, and provide guidance and information to assist them to map the best plan for their future.

Today, at the Australian Association of Careers Counsellors Conference on the Gold Coast, I announced a $4.5 million funding boost from the Australian Government to assist in building professional standards and career opportunities for careers professionals.

Today’s new commitments include:

• funding to develop an accreditation scheme for careers practitioners • a three-part professional development package for careers practitioners • a new scholarship scheme to reward Australia’s most outstanding careers teachers • a ‘tear out pack’ for parents advising their children on career options for inclusion

in the 2005 Job Guide delivered to every Year 10 student throughout Australia • initiatives to strengthen the 216 local community partnerships assisting schools, TAFEs, universities and local industries to advise students on career choices • careers forums for school principals and careers advisers to be held in conjunction

with major careers expos across Australia • infrastructure for a new national careers telephone helpline service.

Careers counsellors and teachers in schools across Australia will be among those to benefit from the increased support which will help them to deliver tailored, high-quality careers advice to prepare students for life and work. Professional careers advice helps young people develop strong career management skills, make smart choices and achieve their aspirations.

To encourage best practice approaches to careers guidance, the Australian Government will recognise and reward outstanding careers teachers in all States and Territories by providing scholarships - assisting them to undertake postgraduate careers education courses or short-term industry placements.

$95,000 has also been ear-marked for the Career Industry Council of Australia - the peak body for careers associations - to help it run a forum to involve members in the wide range of careers initiatives available, to develop professional standards for careers practitioners and to design an accreditation process.

These combined measures will form a crucial step in helping students to navigate the careers maze and make a smooth transition from school to work, especially the 70% of students who don’t go directly from school to university. The Howard Government is committed to ensuring all young people find and achieve their potential.

Further information regarding the new initiatives is attached.

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Virginia Cook 0412 971 323

New initiatives to support Careers Education in Australia

Development and implementation of professional standards and national accreditation for career practitioners

The Career Industry Council of Australia (CICA) is the national peak body for Australian career practitioner organisations. CICA currently has eleven member organisations. The Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST) will work in close collaboration with CICA on two projects: the development and implementation of professional standards and national accreditation for career practitioners and a National Forum on Australian Government Career Initiatives.

CICA will be funded through a grant for $95,000 to support the development of professional standards and, following this, to design an accreditation process for existing and future careers practitioners across the industry. Work will commence shortly with the aim of a national accreditation design by June 2005.

Building Local Community Partnerships

To build capacity in the 216 Local Community Partnerships, a funding grant of up to $15,000 will be made to each Local Community Partnership (LCP) to contribute to their efforts in:

• Providing professional development for LCP co-ordinators; • Assisting businesses to participate in the “Adopt a School’ initiative recently announced under the National Skill Shortages Strategy by the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson MP, Minister for Education, Science and Training;

• Conducting a local community forum of industry and education providers, drawing on the experiences of the recent Leaders in Careers (LIC) forums, to develop local strategies for better dissemination of career information for young people; and • Improving LCP IT infrastructure and processes.

The total investment in this initiative will be up to $3.24 million.

Scholarships for School Career Advisers to participate in study or industry placements

$480,000 will be provided to deliver 54 scholarships nationally to careers advisers in schools: 27 for study and 27 for industry placements. For those undertaking study, $5,000 will made available to contribute to the costs of tuition; and, for those undertaking a short-term industry placement, $10,000 will be made available to contribute to part of the costs.

A submissions-based process will be managed by the Career Industry Council of Australia, which will guided by representatives of the relevant professional associations in making its selections. The programme will seek applications in 2004 for activities/ study in 2004/2005.

The scholarships will provide an incentive for teachers to undertake further study and to negotiate a placement with industry. This would need to be flexible, perhaps part-time or over break periods, if teachers are to be able to negotiate release from current duties.

Principals and Careers Advisers Industry Forums at major Career Expos

The Australian Principals’ Associations Professional Development Council (APAPDC) will receive a grant of up to $200,000 to contribute to the costs of a project to conduct up to 10 Principals and Careers Advisers Industry Forums at major career expos around Australia. The forums will facilitate discussions around job prospects, local area skill needs and shortages, as well as career opportunities in a range of industries/professions.

Job Guide 2005 - Parent’s ‘tear-out pack’ on career options

A “tear out pack” for parents will be developed, in consultation with industry/professional bodies and included in the Job Guide 2005. The pack for parents will assist them take advantage of the wealth of information in the Job Guide, describing the range of job prospects and opportunities open to students through both the VET and Higher Education sectors. Ideas and strategies for parents will help them talk to their children about how to take advantage of the wide range of possible jobs pathways. Funding of $45,000 will be set aside for this initiative.

National Forum on Careers Counselling

CICA, whose member organisations operate primarily on a voluntary basis, will receive a grant of $80,000 to contribute to the costs of hosting together with the Department of Education, Science and Training a national forum for careers professionals as well as representatives from education facilities and industry regarding careers counselling throughout Australia.

The forum, to be planned for August 2004, will build on the proposed Australian Government careers initiatives, including the Professional Development Package, and opportunities for professional development for school careers advisers through the scholarships scheme.

Topics for the Forum include:

• Professional standards and national accreditation • Professional development and quality provision • Including parents, industry and the community in careers advice • Harnessing those who influence young people - TV personalities, peer group,

sports people.

Professional Development Resource (ReCap)

The Resource for Careers Practitioners, ReCaP is not a static information kit, but a resource that careers teachers will be able to use throughout their practice. ReCap has cost $250,000 to produce.

ReCaP has two sides - the theoretical and the practical. It contains information on national careers and transitions policies and relevant national and international reports. It includes policy and information documents that will inform practice. It also includes a guide which will assist careers practitioners assess local careers programmes. There is also a range of student activity sheets and a loose-leaf ring binder format to enable practitioners to add their own materials.

A further two elements of the new professional development initiatives are being developed through tender processes: a multimedia training package and a careers education elective for undergraduate teaching degrees.

Designing a Career Information Telephone Service

A funding grant for up to $150,000 will be made to limited, a company owned by Ministers for Education under the Ministerial Council for Education, Employment, Training and Youth Affairs, for an assessment of the technical development requirements of the myfuture website to support the career information requirements of a national career information telephone service.

Total funding for all new initiatives is $4.540 million.