EQIP’s creates opportunities for year 10, 11 and 12 students from high schools in the Gladstone region to develop valuable skills, knowledge and experience to support a smoother transition from school to work or further study.
EQIP provides opportunities for students to:
- Gain work-ready skills and experience in one of 7 vocational education authentic workplace learning programs. Students complete structured work experience onsite at local business and industry and gain certificate qualifications in their chosen pathway. Advisory Committee’s provide guidance on program delivery and development. Students participate in workshops to develop employability skills.
- Participate in workshops to understand and develop employability skills that are important for success in the working world. The Career Development Program includes four workshops delivered face-to-face to provide theoretical context and practical group activities. Students then develop and demonstrate skills through structured work experience.
- Participate in work experience with local businesses to get first-hand knowledge of specific industries and vocations. Students observe people at work and the work they perform and may get the opportunity to do some entry to mid-level tasks.
- Engage with industry and education partners at the Gladstone Careers & Education Expo to explore potential pathways following school and help them to make informed career choices.
There are many students who are not quite sure which pathway they want to take when leaving school and it’s opportunities like those offered through EQIP that allow students to explore the various options available to them. This ensures that students stay engaged in schooling as they are offered alternative education opportunities that compliments their school experience and curriculum.