Program to help disadvantaged students
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Program to help disadvantaged students

A not-for-profit organisation has partnered with the Victorian Government to assist disadvantaged high school students interested in a career in public life.

Through its University Pathways Program, Doxa aims to introduce disadvantaged young people to a wide range of roles and employment pathways available within a government department. The four-year program also aims to create aspiration and build valuable knowledge and skills to support a career in government.

Doxa CEO, Stephen Silk, said the new partnership will see disadvantaged young secondary students learn and understand current initiatives that will help shape the future of Victoria.

“We have teamed up with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources to give disadvantaged high school students the opportunity to learn about current projects such as drought programs, infrastructure projects and transport programs,” he said.

“From the tender process and planning to finance and marketing, participants will be immersed in government projects and how they are rolled out from start to finish. The University Pathways Program also includes valuable and important modules on personal development and employability skills,” Dr Silk said.

The Program creates pathways to university and employment for young Victorians between grades nine to 12. It involves students attending a disadvantaged state or independent school from outer and metropolitan Melbourne to ensure they have the best possible chance at gaining a foothold in the job market when they finish their studies.

Science and Mathematics Teacher, and High Achiever and Extension Coordinator at Fountain Gate Secondary College, Nicole Tritter, said the Doxa University Pathways Program gives students valuable insight into the government workforce and life beyond secondary school.

“The program allows participating students to begin to explore the world of work. The workshop also allows students to gain confidence in their personal and communication skills to help them realise their potential and achieve personal greatness,” Ms Tritter said.

The first session took place on Thursday, 23 March and involved five Victorian schools including Fountain Gate Secondary College, Narre Warren; Kurunjang Secondary College, Kurunjang; Sale College, Sale; Lyndale College, Dandenong North and Suzanne Cory High School, Hoppers Crossing.