Tasmanian students are transcending border restrictions and learning new skills as part of a program run by The Smith Family.
Smith Family students have been participating in Work Inspiration, a work experience program to help connect students to employment.
Work Inspiration is an employer-led initiative that provides young people with opportunities to experience the world of work first hand in a meaningful and inspiring ways.
The program is usually run in a face-to-face setting but due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Smith Family has turned the program on its head and found a creative solution to ensure it continued.
This year, the program has gone digital, and allowed pupils to connect to employers not only in Tasmania but on the mainland and internationally, with California-based automotive manufacturer Arup taking pupils on a virtual tour of their factory.
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Wynyard students who participated in the program said they found it opened up their eyes to the multitude of work opportunities.
They said they didn’t think they would have had the same opportunities if the program had been run face-to-face.
Waratah-Wynyard Council community and events officer Chantelle French has helped facilitate the program in past years.
Ms French said the collaboration between The Smith Family, the council and schools had worked really well.
“It’s a look in their own backyard to see what kind of jobs are available in the area without having to leave,” she said.
“You can follow your dreams and take a risk – that showed a lot in the digital iteration of the program.
Ms French said the digital format had been great and she had seen the kids were really engaged in the Zoom sessions.