Preparing students for life after high school

By Laura Briggs

Senior secondary school students are better prepared for the transition to life after high school.

Children’s education charity The Smith Family and La Trobe University are helping students gain confidence in stepping into the workforce.

Beyond Year 12: University and future career conversations was organised on Thursday night at Shepparton’s La Trobe University campus for students enrolled in the charity’s Learning for Life program.

The Smith Family’s Victorian general manager Anton Leschen said the event included a number of guest speakers and presentations focused on tertiary options, scholarship opportunities and financial support services.

He said the charity was delighted to partner with the university for the event to provide young people in Shepparton with help.

‘‘For young people who aren’t sure where they’re heading when their schooling ends, these events are invaluable,’’ Mr Leschen said.

‘‘It’s an opportunity to help them realise the significance of their schooling, as well as consider the real-life, post-school options that are out there.

‘‘We want young people involved in our program to feel positive and prepared as they transition into adulthood,’’ he said.

McGuire College Year 12 student Drue McEntee was among those who attended.

She said the evening opened her eyes to the range of opportunities and support available to her beyond school.

‘‘From hearing about all the different university and TAFE options, as well as the tertiary scholarship opportunities available through The Smith Family, the event was fantastic,’’ she said.

Mr Leschen said the charity partnered with 10 primary and secondary schools across Shepparton which could refer students to the Learning for Life program.