RIEP - connecting schools and business
Learn about a NSW Government program that connects local industry and secondary schools. Find out how to be part of NSW Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP).
What the program does
Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) connects local industry and secondary school communities.
The partnerships provide opportunities for:
- sharing values and expectations for building our future workforce
- helping employers engage with schools
- supporting students to plan their future career pathways
- improving students’ career prospects.
Ways for business to partner with schools
There are many ways that businesses can engage with local schools. This includes:
- Structured workplace site tours
- Interactive career expos
- Business information sessions or presentations to support subject selection
- Work preparation activities and guidance about employer expectations
- Providing applied workplace examples to enhance school curriculum
- Mock interviews or speed networking sessions
- Mentoring or coaching students
- Providing work experience or work placement opportunities
- Taking on School Based Apprentices or Trainees
How to get involved
The RIEP project officer:
- Works with school staff on initiatives that engage local industries
- Works with local businesses to ease their access to local schools
- Facilitates activities where employers can communicate with, and inspire, students
- Provides industry validated career information to support school staff, including career advisers
- Builds capacity for schools and businesses to partner.
Case studies - RIEP Activities
Screen Futures: Pathways to Film & TV Careers
160 aspiring creatives from 17 North Coast schools heard from a panel of internationally successful film & TV professionals.
The students were captivated by the panel who shared advice on breaking into and maintaining a career in the industry.
Students had an opportunity to sit with panellists and ask specific questions about the wide range of roles and opportunities as well as try out equipment and hear about training pathways from TAFE NSW, Southern Cross University, Screenworks, SAE and Bryon Studios.
Check out the coverage by local TV station NBN! The event received some local media coverage that can be viewed here.
RIEP securing industry participation to support the Mid North Coast Future Skills Conference
What was supposed to be a face to face event in Coffs Harbour was quickly changed to an online event with 47 participants – 42 Careers Advisors and VET teaching staff.
Participants heard presentations from Regional Australia Institute, Regional Development Australia, Charles Sturt University, Community & Health Services ITAB, University of Newcastle, Skills Broker David Watson, Mavin Truck Centre, CEX Group and Apprentice of the Year Ambassador Jordon Peterson from Mid Coast Trucks.
The event was also supported by Nat Shaw Training Advisor who delivered a great presentation about her journey as a female electrician. Despite the ‘pivot’ to online, the event was a great success with lots of interaction and amazing information.
Hornsby Ku-Ring Gai Skills Passport Program
Students from six schools in Central and Northern Sydney participated in the Skills Passport Program, visiting RIGCOM to learn about careers in the high rope access and wind turbine maintenance.
The program was delivered in partnership with Hornsby Ku-Ring Gai Community College and a range of local business in the region. Students explored:
- Industries and markets served by RIGCOM, with specific focus on the wind energy market
- Height safety and how to correctly fit a safety harness
- Wind energy and the process involved in treating blades
- Rope access techniques
Over the course of the program, Year 10 students attended one day per week over a four-week period. Students learnt about basic work ready skills from local businesses. This program resulted in great outcomes for students, including work experience opportunities, school partnerships and part time employment.
Industry site tour – Vacvator
RIEP partnered with Vacvator in Goulburn to give fourteen Year 9 and 10 students the opportunity to tour the manufacturing plant and discuss opportunities for work experience and SBATS.
Students were given a tour of the unit and introduced to staff to learn about the roles available at Vacvator. Students learnt about product construction and how the business is successfully competing with overseas manufacturing, providing a quality Australian Product. Students spoke with the current apprentices about their time working with Vacvator.
A number of students expressed interest in completing work experience at Vacvator. The business looks for apprentices each year in engineering and metal work. The students then reflected on career options with their career advisor.
Local Schools for Local Industry Program
The Local Schools for Local Industry Program allowed twenty-seven students from St Peters Catholic College to take part in a virtual session with Liam Scanlon. Liam Scanlon is the founder of Eat Your Water, a surf-wear brand based in Newcastle.
He started the business when he was 18 years old on Instagram and it has grown in the last few years.
As the founder and director of Eat Your Water, he take a lead role in shaping team culture. Eat Your Water’s following on Instagram gradually grew from 3,000 to 25,000 people, to more than 70,000 followers in 2020. The business that Liam ran from his bedroom in 2015 turned into a business that now has its own warehouse and ships products to customers from all over the world. His goal is to make Eat Your Water a sustainable and ethical fashion brand that respects the earth and positively impacts it.
The session with Liam was very engaging and generated some great questions from students.
RIEP partnership with Investment NSW to support the Cyber Ambassador Schools Immersion Program
Mulwarre High School students had a valuable zoom session with Cyber Ambassador Schools Immersion Program (CASIP) and Robert Smilie, Director Navy Cyber and Space with the Royal Australian Navy promoting the Cyber Security industry, careers and pathways.
Robert Smilie, is responsible for the development and management of the Navy’s cyber and space programs. These programs include workforce, training, the cyberworthiness & cybersecurity of Navy Ships and Defensive Cyber Operations in support of military operations. Students were also interested in his Navy career and pathways in the Australian Defence Force.
RIEP continues to support the Flash Forward – Pathways to Engineering SBT program
RIEP facilitated site tours for students from Robert Townson and Airds High Schools at Stainless Tank & Mix and Breseight Group.
This involved tours of company facilities and discussions with current apprentices and employees. Discussions covered the pathways available to the students post their School Based Traineeship. Tours with other employers and work experience will be offered during Term 3 2021.
Shaping the Future with Food program
In partnership with TAFE Northern Beaches and four local businesses, RIEP supported the Shaping the Future with Food Program.
Students from the The Forest High School and St Pauls Catholic College, Manly had a pasta workshop with Giovanni from Pilu at Freshwater restaurant. A Q&A session was held with Dee Why RSL, Ormeggio at the Spit and Little Italy Coffee Roasters. Students and schools established connections with these local businesses to organise work experience and potential career opportunities.
The Educated Roast
The Educated Roast - the Orange High School café - began operations in late 2019, offering the first drive thru coffee experience for the Orange community.
So far, this industry-based learning enterprise has involved the school’s Hospitality, Construction and Business Studies students, all while serving great coffee to the broader school community.
4 School Based Trainees were recruited to start in 2020, and will work closely with the project’s industry partner, The Orange Roasting Company.
Trainees will work part-time while completing their training requirements, all without having to spend time out of school.
To learn more, watch this video.
Mount Austin High School Barbershop
The Mount Austin High School Barbershop project is working to give some of the state’s most disengaged young people the opportunity to confidently pursue further education and employment.
The project directly engages at-risk young people and seeks to address the recent high number of school suspensions as well as the long term unemployment seen within the school community.
Local professional JL the Barber will mentor and train participants in life skills, work-related skills and creative development. Students are from the diverse range of communities represented at Mount Austin High School.
The project is based on a successful model delivered at Granville Boys High School in 2018.
Class Chefs events, delivered in partnership with South West Connect, are giving students in South Western Sydney the chance to ‘run the restaurant’ for a night.
The first 3 events held in late 2019 allowed students to showcase their skills in a commercial setting, working under pressure to deliver a unique hospitality experience to over 250 paying guests.
Restaurant partners Cucina 105 and Bellbird Dining provided support, mentoring and guidance to students.
Feedback from schools, diners and employers has been positive with several students receiving job offers as a result of the program.