NextGEN -Innovative Program Prepares Young People Of Goulburn & Shellharbour for Careers of the Future
7 February 2017: Today Executive Officer of Kiama and Shoalhaven Community Colleges, Helen Zwicker, announced the next NextGEN Digital programs will be launched in Goulburn and Kiama/ Shellharbour in March.
NextGEN Digital is funded through the Department Of Employment’s Empowering YOUth Program and is designed to prepare young people aged 15-24 for a career in IT and Digital Media, an industry that is forecast to experience a 76% increase by 2020, more than any other Australian sector.
Having already run two successful NextGEN programs in Wollongong and Nowra involving 24 participants, Kiama Community College is looking forward to giving young people and businesses in regional areas the opportunity to take advantage of the program.
In expanding the program to Goulburn and Shellharbour, Kiama Community College Executive Officer, Helen Zwicker said, “We’ve been excited to see the difference this program can make in the lives of young people from all backgrounds. Previous participants have found this program to be instrumental in getting an employment foothold in the fast growing digital sector and we’re keen to see the same result in these additional regions.”
NextGEN Digital is much more than a training program- participants actually use the skills they learn to undertake real digital tasks for real local businesses and get paid for it. Examples of digital tasks that students undertake include website creation, graphic design and search engine optimisation. “The experience has been fantastic. Our website is beautiful and clean. We are really happy” says Sally Stevenson, from Illawarra Women’s Health Centre, of the work that participants undertook for her organisation. The program is just one of a handful of innovative funded programs across the nation tackling youth unemployment in a fresh way to prepare young people in regional areas for jobs of the future.
Sandra S, a parent of a participant in a recent NextGEN program says of her son, “He’s really enjoyed it. He talks about it all the time. Its given him more confidence in his work, he’s loved it!”
Open to participants aged 15-24 who may find it challenging to gain sustainable employment, the course is suitable for those with interests in a broad range of areas such as graphic design, web design, gaming, social media, journalism and coding. NextGEN involves a three staged program over sixteen weeks. Students undertake a Cert II in skills for Work and Vocational Pathways with a focus on digital media to improve job readiness, before completing paid work for real clients through the Digital Business Hub under the mentorship of a social media expert. Integral to the NextGEN program is intensive support for individual students facing barriers to employment and study. Programs Co-ordinators work with students to pathway them to further work placement or employment.
NextGEN is a highly inclusive program with equally high levels of support. Participants, regardless of any barrier to employment that they face, are encouraged to apply.
More information can be obtained by contacting Kiama Community College on 4232 1050.
Get Into Uni - Bridging A Pathway Between Your ATAR and University Of Wollongong UOW
December 20, 2016
Get into Uni-Bridging A Pathway Between Your ATAR and University Of Wollongong UOW
Kiama & Shoalhaven Community Colleges offer affordable university pathways and bridging scholarships in partnership with University Of Wollongong
It’s the time of year when stories of ATAR disappointment are too common. As HSC Students and their families come to terms with the shortfall between their ATAR and required University entry requirements, Kiama & Shoalhaven Community Colleges have a clear message: there are a wide range of Certificate IV and Diploma courses that can help students achieve their University entry aspirations, even if their HSC results aren’t what they had hoped for.
By successfully completing a Certificate IV or Diploma qualification at Kiama or Shoalhaven Community College, students will be guaranteed entry into the University Of Wollongong’s Bachelor Of Commerce (Shoalhaven), Bachelor Of Business (Shoalhaven) or Bachelor Of Arts (Shoalhaven) under articulation arrangements that have been established between Kiama Community College and UOW. Thanks to Smart & Skilled, and UOW Scholarships, this Bridging option is very affordable.
Courses available at the College in 2017 that qualify for University Entry Pathways include:
Certificate IV in Accounting FNS40615
Certificate IV in Business Administration BSB40515
Certificate IV in Leadership & Management BSB42015
Diploma Of Business Administration BSB50415
Diploma Of Leadership & Management BSB51915
Diploma Of Beauty Therapy SHB50115
Certificate IV in Beauty Therapy SHB40115
Diploma Of Salon Management SHB50216
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment BSB40110
With NSW Government’s Smart & Skilled Training subsidies currently available for most Cert IV and Diploma Courses, combined with the availability of VET Fee Help and the University of Wollongong’s Pathway Scholarships, study options at Kiama & Shoalhaven Community Colleges as a means of gaining entry to University are not only of a very high quality but also affordable. In fact, students are able to undertake a University bridging course as part of their scholarship.
The College’s Certificate IV and Diploma courses can also be used as a means of gaining entry to a broader range of undergraduate degree courses with Cert IV courses attracting an ATAR equivalent of 72 and Diploma courses having an even higher ATAR equivalent. The Diploma in Business Administration can also provides up to 6 months credit towards a Business or Commerce Degree at UOW (http://www.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@unia/documents/doc/uow110648.pdf) for students Other entry requirements may exist for specific university courses, so care should be taken to consult with the relevant faculty before selecting a bridging pathway.
Executive Officer at Kiama Community Colleges, Helen Zwicker says 2016 HSC students can access Government-subsidised places now, enabling them to select their course of choice and a study environment that meets their needs as they prepare for university entry.
“We are extremely proud to offer Illawarra and South Coast HSC students a pathway to University Of Wollongong, including guaranteed entry scholarship programs for Certificate IV qualifications such Business Administration and Accounting. In fact, students undertaking a qualification with the College could enter University as early as July 2017
Students also receive a NSW Tertiary Student Concession Card and Transport Concession for eligible courses, individualised student and pathway support, work placement embedded in most qualifications and perhaps most importantly, great employment outcomes.
Ms Zwicker adds: “The ultimate aim of HSC students who undertake our courses is to gain employment, whether that’s upon completion of their studies with us, or after going on to complete a university degree.
“We know our courses result in great employment outcomes - for example, our Diploma students achieve excellent employment results, with the most recent group of graduates achieving an 88 per cent employment rate within a month of completing their studies.”
A further benefit that past students have experienced by pathwaying to University via the College is the utilisation of the skills and knowledge obtained in their Cert IV or Diploma course to gain meaningful employment whilst undertaking their degree.
The Community College closes for Christmas on 23rd December 2016 and re-opens on 9th January 2017. For more information, please contact Leone Traeger at Kiama and Shoalhaven Community Colleges on (02) 4232 1050 or reserve your place online within the qualification of your choice at www.kcc.nsw.edu.au.
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