A professional development day in Shepparton yesterday, hosted by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, was aimed at improving student engagement.
Representatives from schools, community engagement organisations and council attended the workshop, which was hosted by Tim Heinecke from the student engagement institute.
‘‘We want them to learn lots of practical strategies (for engagement),’’ Mr Heinecke said.
‘‘There’s people who make a really big difference with young people and they do such an important job every day.’’
Duke of Edinburgh executive officer Stephen Mason said the workshop was designed to motivate and inspire.
‘‘The common thing about these people is they are in the youth space.
‘‘The workshop is for those people that are delivering programs, to improve their toolbox to be more effective,’’ he said.
The Duke of Edinburgh is a youth development and leadership program teaching young people skills they would not necessarily learn in the classroom.
‘‘Essentially we’re trying to assist youths in coming out of their shell to be confident people,’’ Mr Mason said.