Foundations for Bridging the Gap between Industry and Education laid

Representatives from Business, Education and Government meet to discuss challenges for young people in Griffith

COMPACT Inc. hosted a business breakfast at the Griffith Exies Club on Tuesday 23 May, which was well attended with in excess of 40 representatives from business, education and government focusing on better education and employment outcomes for the young people of Griffith.

Vibrant discussions at the round table session focused on current critical challenges and issues facing the young people of Griffith and surrounding areas. Discussions focuses on what currently works well and are effective ways to engage young people in education and employment and most importantly, what the community of Griffith would like to see developed to inspire and engage the future workforce.

Guest speakers of the breakfast included Mrs. Megan Mulrooney – Executive Officer of COMPACT Inc, Mr David Crelley – Principal of Griggith High School and Mrs Marg Couch – Project Officer of Regional Development Australia – Riverina.

Mrs Mulrooney explained the role of COMPACT Inc – a not for profit organisation which acts as a link between industry and schools providing career programs, school to work programs and is the work placement service provider for all students studying vocational subjects as part of their HSC across the Riverina Murray. COMPACT Inc. supports all host employers when providing mandatory Workplacement opportunities for students.

Mr Crelley expressed the needs of local schools and students along with the value of industry working closely with education providers, to ensure that teachers and students fully understand the requirements of employers and modern business practice.

Mrs Couch discussed ‘Grow Our Own’ initiative being implemented in Griffith and Leeton and the importance of retaining local talent to support the wide range of careers available across a diverse industry sector. For more information on the ‘Grow our Own’ program, visit the website at www.growourown.org.au

Outcomes of the morning included Industry showcase tours and a Griffith community career information Q & A panel event, both to be held in July this year.

If you are interested in being involved in these events or would like to know more, contact Megan Mulrooney at megan@compact.org.au.