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Exciting News: Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expos are here!

Are you looking for a job or to find out more about pathways and opportunities for you in the future? DO NOT MISS OUT on this perfect opportunity for students and job seekers. Come along to speak with over 100 potential employers and training providers with REAL JOBS available now.

There is FREE PUBLIC ENTRY at all expos – so plan your visit now!


Exciting News!

With the infrastructure boom we are experiencing, the need for apprentices and trainees has never before been in such high demand. Following on from the success year after year of the Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo, the time has come to take the model to other parts of our great city and provide our career/job seekers, business and industry, education providers and employers with the opportunities to all come together under the one roof and begin the journey of making the plans for our cities growth a reality.

Brett Carter Events is excited to announce that this year in addition to the Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo, further expos are being held in the South Western Sydney/Macarthur and Central Coast Regions.

Whether you are at school and looking for a career path, a parent hoping to give your child the best opportunities in life, or a teacher that wants to see their students start off on the right foot – the 2018 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expos have all the answers you need.

Event dates & times

Western Sydney Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
Tuesday 28 August 2018 – 3pm to 8pm
Penrith Panthers Exhibition Marquee, 123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith NSW

South Western Sydney/Macarthur Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
Thursday 30 August 2018 – 3pm to 8pm
Whitlam Leisure Centre, 90 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW

Central Coast Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo
Tuesday 4 September 2018 – 3pm to 8pm
Mingara Recreation Club, 12/14 Mingara Dr, Tumbi Umbi NSW

No registrations required!


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2017 In Review: It’s been a wonderful year at SIP!

This year Schools Industry Partnership has been successfully running the Transition to Work Service and Work Placement program throughout 2017, and also launched Inspiring the Future Australia in April and began the NSW State Government funded service Smart, Skilled & Hired in September. Check out our graphic to see how far we’ve come in 2017, thanks for all your support – we look forward to an even great 2018!




AusSip hosts Career Speed Networking for Links to Learning program

“If you can do a job that makes you happy, follow it. People are always trying to steer you where they want, but if you’ve got something you’re passionate about it stick with it.” – ITF Volunteer Charles Galayini

On Wednesday 14th of June, 3 volunteers participated in speed career networking with a small group of students from year 9 – 11 in Parramatta. The students are a part of the links-to-learning initiative run by our Inspiring the Future partner the Australia Schools Industry Partnership (AusSIP) and go through a 6-week 1-day a week course that looks at careers, employability skills and building confidence. The students were encouraged to ask questions and find out about the volunteer’s careers and how school informed where they are now.

DSC_0418.jpgVolunteer Candice from Fitted for Work revealed to one group of students that she “never thought community service was an area to work in because no one ever talked about it.” She had to drop out of school due to family struggles and in turn found it difficult to enter the workforce. Candice volunteered for Fitted to Work, however, and due to her initiative and hard work, was asked to take on a paid position when one became available. Now the assistant manager of the Parramatta store, she was able to share with current students her struggles and how she overcame them. DSC_0428

The conversations between volunteers and students flowed freely, each group speaking for 10-15minutes before the volunteers rotated. Architect Edwin Vanegas shared with students that “the best thing about [his] job is that every day is a different day.” His career did not begin as an architect, and his story of hard work to achieve his goals and change his direction was important for the students, as it demonstrates the flexibility of career within our lives.

Many of the student’s questions centred around school and what the volunteers had enjoyed there. Volunteer Charles Galayini shared that “the subjects I hated, like Maths and English, are actually the ones I most use today.”


This pearl of wisdom is one of the most important things that informal career conversations through ITF can provide students, a connection between their current school learning and their future dreams, goals and aspirations.

Are you interested in hosting your own ITF career event? Or maybe you want to volunteer but need more information? Contact us for help or sign up now!


How did you turn out after school?

Very few people have a ‘dream run’ at career success. For most, their story involves hard work, extra study, recognising and acting on opportunities and overcoming set-backs with resilience and perseverance.

As they say, “My overnight success was years in the making…”

Inspiring the Future is a campaign aimed at sharing authentic career stories with school students and we would love to have people like you commit just one hour a year to share your career story.

What would you like to share with younger versions of yourself, still in school and facing an uncertain future?

Can you help students appreciate the wealth of current and emerging career opportunities before them and the importance of a good education as a foundation to future success?

Conversely, we shouldn’t hide workplace truths from students. Not everything goes to plan. Failure is part of life. Business and entire industries go through hard times. Drought, economic shocks, technological and structural change are no longer exceptions.

Young people often see others in their careers with rose-tinted glasses, only seeing success, wealth and happiness. When they encounter a hard time in their career, it can derail them early on, as they think they have failed.

How have you dealt with the hard knocks and challenges? What did you do to overcome them? On the flip side, what is it that you love about your career and your industry sector that young people might not intuitively appreciate?

There are thousands of career, education and training, and recruitment sites selling the career dream.

But what students value the most is a fair dinkum conversation with someone who’s been there, done that and come out the other side with a smile.

Please help spread the word and together we can Inspire the Future.

Inspiring the Future off to a flying start!

It’s been a great start to the national Inspiring the Future campaign. In the first 3 weeks we have had 11 Associations join up and volunteers are signing up at around 6 per day! We have volunteers from Macquarie Bank, YMCA, the Department of Education, Fairfax Media and many more wonderful organisations, offering their time to speak to students in schools and broaden their career horizons.

Please help spread the word to help us reach our goal of 1000 volunteers by our launch in April! 

Do you know people who could spare one hour a year to share their career journey in schools? Encourage them to sign up at 

UK Volunteer Matthew Carlisle says about being involved in Inspiring the Future, “Becoming a volunteer has been very rewarding; through our activities as ambassadors we have helped to inform a number of young people about the possibilities of careers in the NHS. By attending such events we have also found the added benefit of finding potential candidates for our yearly intake of apprentices and have successfully recruited through our attendance to careers events.

The involvement in volunteering is flexible and only needs to be as often as you feel you are capable, it is not by any means a huge task and is actually very enjoyable. I usually attend events with one of my many colleagues who also volunteer for various organisations, this way we can help each other out if we get a tricky question.”



74% of young people motivated to study harder after an Inspiring the Future session

Research out of the UK shows the benefits of the Inspiring the Future campaign 

Inspiring the Future changes students experience and aspirations, as proven by recent research conducted by the pioneers of Inspiring the Future in the UK. Students across various career events were surveyed recently in order to find out how they feel they’re being helped to plan for their future!

Among other results, they discovered the session helped 89% of young people to learn something new and useful about the career path they wish to follow. As an added bonus 74% said the event had motivated them to study harder! What was also evident among the results was the more volunteers a young person saw, the more useful they found the event as this helped to build their confidence and gave them more information regarding future options.

Clearly from what young people are telling us, the key to informing their futures is giving them as many chances as possible to hear and learn from people in the world of work so sign up as a volunteer for free to help inspire the future! Read more findings from the UK survey below.

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 Find the UK Inspiring the Future website here for the original article.

Can you spare 1 hour a year to talk to young people about your career?

Inspiring the Future Australia needs you! A nationwide campaign dedicated to connecting volunteers from the world of work to schools through secure matching software, Inspiring the Future is launching in March 2017.

At the heart of Inspiring the Future, are volunteers talking informally about their job, career and their educational route, in order to broaden horizons and raise the aspirations of young people.


Ahead of the formal launch to schools we are currently recruiting our first 1,000 volunteers across Australia. Please spread the word!


Find out more here!

Merry Christmas from all at SIP

It’s been a big year for Schools Industry Partnership, not only have we continued to coordinate Work Placement for the Hawkesbury, the Blue Mountains and outer Western Sydney, but we are ending the year with our new Transition to Work service booming and the launch of the Inspiring the Future campaign on the near horizon.

Thank you for all your support this year, the partnerships we’ve been able to continue and those who have newly come on board with us.

We look forward to a bigger and better year in 2017, helping young people reach their full potential through Work Placement, Transition to Work and Inspiring the Future!

SIP will be closed from the 23rd of December, reopening the 3rd of January. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! from-the-schools-industry-partnership-2

Fresh Face of SIP

Welcome to our new website featuring the new Transition to Work service for young people 15 – 21 years and our new Inspiring the Future campaign.

Naturally it will take time to establish these new services and get the word out across the broader community.

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