"The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena,
who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great
devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause…"- Theodore
With those words - via a Deakin University representative - the
Leaders 18/19 cohort set off to experience the highlights and
challenges facing the Education & Training arena, preparing
Geelong's transitioning workforce for a new economy.
Geelong Grammer emphasised the small but significant step to
remove all signposting from the Handbury Sport & Wellbeing
Centre (which houses counselling, nurses, and physiotherapists, as
well as a pool, gym, basketball courts, and a shop). This means
that anyone can attend the services offered with anonymity,
important given that 1 in 7 primary school kids in Australia are
living with mental illness (and 26% of youth total). 1 in 4 of
these children never seek help.
We heard that Geelong employers don't want ATAR scores, they're
seeking creativity and workplace readiness. Northern Bay College
suggested that "employers want someone who knows the expectations
of a workplace, not the expectations of a school". "Who would you
want to put out your house fire, an educated fire crew, or a
well-trained one?" he said.
The unfunded GITTC began after Technical Schools were closed in
the 1990s and caters for students from 11 Geelong schools.
Unfortunately, too often the team seems energetic, enthusiastic
female students achieve certification at GITTC, then choose not to
continue with a career using these new-found skills. (Perhaps a
future Leaders project consideration…)
Phil Honeywell, Principal Newcomb Secondary College joined the
Seminar at GITTC to talk about how P-Tech supports partnerships
between the education industry and the Geelong community by helping
young people transition to work.
The key ICT issue across the sector is that whilst industry and
jobs are heading towards web - based, digital, coding, and
Robotics, the people teaching IT are mostly teachers who are
The Leaders next visited Carbon Nexus. The tour showcased the
new wave of advanced manufacturing in Geelong - and associated
jobs; coming from a combination of "traditional" manufacturing
workers and recent university graduates. The visit highlighted
issues not unique to Geelong's economy, including: rapid
technological change, digital disruption, skills shortages, and the
changing workforce in Geelong.
The Gordon (unfunded) and with up to 15,000 Vocational Education
and Training enrolments each year, are also looking at the skills
Geelong employers require for the future: such as technology,
robotics, and the 'Internet of Things'.
The Head of Strategic HR and Development believes that whilst
the Health & Community Services sector is our largest employer
currently, IT will take over. A Skilling the Bay Manager also
re-iterated that the single biggest challenge in our education
system is that many IT teachers are teaching out of field.
Over to you FY18/19 Leaders, will you step into