Innovative Grants winners

The second round of Innovative Grants were advertised earlier this year for programs to maximize the outcomes for Year 10 students who will have three additional weeks at school this year, and received a terrific level of response.

While it was not possible to fund all of those that applied we are delighted with the projects that we are able to support.

We are also delighted that ‘Guaranteeing Futures’ in the Department of Education are likely to be following up on several programs.

Below is a list of programs that the Southern Tasmanian Youth Transitions Taskforce is funding.

Round 2 Innovative Grants Program – June 2008

Cosgrove High School

Careers on the water
The focus of this proposal is to demonstrate in a very hands on, action oriented and enjoyable way that there are many career choices – in Tasmania that involve working on the water and/or at sea. It will include the opportunity to sail the Lady Nelson and Windward Bound for a day.

Dover and Geeveston District High School

Licenses package and work certification
A program tailored to meet the needs of individual needs of students to gain meaningful life skills and work certificates which will be made available at a community level. Potential certificates will include first aid, learner driving, small boat licence, deportment, chain say operation etc.

Ogilvie High School

Lifesaving Qualifications
This program will offer training to achieve Bronze  Medallion Lifesaving, Work Place First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation and Defibrillation qualifications to 100 year 10 students. The course will be offered by Surf lifesaving Tasmania (RTO) in the last 2 weeks of term at Ogilvie High School and at Clifton Beach Lifesaving Centre.

Tasman District School

Ready willing and able
Students at the TDS live in a rurally isolated area with few educational and employment opportunities without leaving the area. TDS and the Tasman Multi Purpose Service intend to facilitate 2 weeks school based preparation classes and 1week practical experience in Hobart for all year ten students.  This will include budgeting skills, City orientation, using public transport, time management, goal setting, accessing support services, problem solving using role-play and planning, meal planning, and what to do if things go wrong.

Claremont College

Improving retention on the Derwent Valley through film, multimedia and music.
The project will offer learning opportunities in multimedia [animation], film production and jazz musicianship each in 3 day blocks to Year 10 students in the period December 2 through to December 11. Sessions would be run by specialist teachers and tutors – there are no prerequisites for participation. There would be a showcase event at the end of the program for students, parents friends.

Clarence High School

Competent transition beyond Grade 10
Grade 10 students would be trained in workplace skills during terms 2 and 3 at Clarence High and Rosny College. Training would involve safe driver education, first aid, basic office skills, customer service, and communication and interview skills. Some students would participate in VET training days at Rosny – eg barista training in the use of cappuccino machines- or at TAFE – eg Chain Saw use certificate. Eastlands Shopping Centre employers and Business East members will also contribute to student training prior to December. With flexible work and study hours students may spend some time in the workforce and sometime at school during the day.

Rosny College

Next step
To encourage students to continue education and training by enrolling at college or TAFE. Groups of grade 10 students from local high schools to participate in special classes at college. This would allow those reluctant to continue to grade 11, and their parents, a chance to become familiar with the college set-up and the range of courses as well as the opportunity of getting to know teachers.

UTAS – School of Engineering

Get SET [Science, Engineering and Technology] for your future: Hands-on, Minds-on exploration of SET careers.
[Up to 250 words] Get SET for Your Future will allow approximately forty grade 10 students from Bridgewater High School, Huonville High School and Taroona High School to immerse themselves in an intensive hands-on minds-on programme of SET activities that will enable them to visualize how exciting further pre-tertiary studies and future
careers in SET may be. Students will attend a number of practical inquiry-based hands-on sessions at the School of Engineering at The University of Tasmania.

Oatlands High School

College city orientation
While Oatlands is situated only 1 hour from Hobart the lack of exposure many students have from the Capital is significant. During one of the last 3 weeks of Term for Grade 10’s, students will be taken on a city orientation week. Students to stay in Hobart (preferably at Springvale Hostel) using public transport and ‘exploring’ Hobart, with a focus on accessing key places and support networks that they will require when they move to Hobart including the Colleges, TAFE and the University Centrelink, Hospitals, Youth Support Networks and work and training organisations.

Taroona High School

Preparation for hospitality employment and further training post year 10.
The aim of this project is to develop a pathway for senior students, at Taroona High School, into further education, training and employment in the Hospitality Industry.
In a partnership with Industry Link, students will be trained and assessed in six modules in VET Hospitality Certificate1.The focus is to build partnerships between the school, training provider and local business.