Financial support for regional high schools to host events where former students are invited to speak to current students about life after school.
- Status: Open
- Grant amount: Up to $2,000
- Application opened: 1 August 2023
- Application closes: 12 April 2024, 3:00 pm
The program will improve young people’s transition from school to work and further education by providing opportunities for them to hear from former students who have successfully navigated decisions related to study and training, finding work experience, and establishing a career.
The program is funded by the Department of Regional NSW in partnership with the Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) Program, NSW Department of Education.
This program is administered by Department of Education and Department of Regional NSW.
Who can apply
All government and registered non-government secondary schools in regional NSW are eligible to apply (excluding Greater Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong Local Government Area (LGA).
Only one event per school will be eligible to receive funding.
- be endorsed by the school principal
- involve past students of the school sharing their career experiences with current students
- address the program purpose and objectives
- be delivered between 8 August 2023 and 14 June 2024
- be student led and/or students contribute to the planning and organisation of the event
- include cost estimates to deliver activities that will be incurred between 8 August 2023 and 14 June 2024.
- “Q and A” – a host or emcee asks alumni pre-prepared questions and then invites questions from students
- Speed networking – in small groups or individually, students have 5 minutes with each alumnus to ask questions
- Short presentations or videos from alumni followed by questions from students
- Small groups or individual students meet with alumni in areas of interest such as study pathways (university, vocational) and career groups (health, business, trades etc).
- Incorporating the alumni event with other career related activities (i.e.,such as year 9 or 11 subject selection, preparing for work experience).
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Most recent recipients
What your application needs to include
Applicants are required to submit an online application that includes:
- indication of endorsement by the school principal
- how the event will address the program purpose and objectives
- a proposed date of the event between 8 August 2023 and 14 June 2024
- event cost estimates based on quotes or detailed estimates, reasonable assumptions or previous experience with similar projects representing good value for money.
Please view the Program information (PDF 12.45MB) for all details and eligibility criteria.
Start the application
After the application is submitted
- The NSW Department of Education staff will assess event proposals against the program eligibility requirements
- Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis, unless otherwise advised
- Schools will be notified in writing of the outcome
- Applications received after the program funds have been expended will not be approved. There are limited funds available for this program and the Department of Education has overall decision-making of successful event applications.
Successful applicants will be responsible for delivering approved events by 14 June 2024. In the event of COVID-19 restrictions or natural disasters impacting event delivery schools will be encouraged to reschedule the dates of planned events providing events are delivered prior to 14 June 2024.
Tips for organising an event
- Email invitations to alumni well in advance
- Identify whether any alumni are NSW Training Awards winners (State and/or Regional)
- Ensure the event is booked in your school calendar and catering, rooms, IT etc. are organised
- Brief students on what to ask so they get the most out of the occasion.
- Consider breaking the event info focus groups for example:
- Students wishing to attend university could have a Q&A session with Alumni who successfully graduated with a degree
- Students wishing to follow a vocational pathway could have a Q&A session with Alumni who successful took this journey
- Students wishing to go straight into the workforce could have a Q&A session with Alumni who accomplished this.
- Brief the Alumni about the event and ask them to talk about what school was like for them, what they initially wanted to do when they left secondary school, what further education or work pathway they ended up taking, and whether HSC was important to them
- Prepare a budget for the event with breakdown of costs and consider whether Alumni should be supported with travel and accommodation if travelling from outside the region
- Ensure alumni are warmly greeted and staff are across who is a previous student
- Provide some delicious catering to make the event more enjoyable.
Successful applicants will be required to report on the event outcomes within 14 days after the event has occurred.
Support and contact
For more information, please email AlumniEvents@det.nsw.edu.au