The Year 9 Career Taster Program (CTP) provides schools with flexibility to build a program according to student interests, the availability and accessibility of taster experiences, and school capacity. The key outcome for students is to explore careers and pathways through engaging activities that expose them to the world of work and training.
Programs can be big or small, and may be delivered as a standalone course across the year, over a few lessons or days. Programs can be incorporated into one or more learning area(s), with a focus on exploring career opportunities and pathways involving science, health, maths, languages, etc.
The flexibility of the CTP enables schools to adapt or develop a number of delivery models, to maximise the relevance and outcomes for different student groups.
The State Government is working with industry, businesses, TAFE colleges and other stakeholders to ensure there are a range of activities and career experiences available to schools across WA free of charge.
TAFEs, government and non-government school sectors are being supported to provide additional coordination and assistance to schools to make programs accessible.
The CTP is available for delivery now! The program runs for four years, from 2022 through to the end of the 2025 school year.
The program’s delivery supports and complements current community and regional programs and opportunities, and offers activities and experiences which add value through extending students' thinking and exposing them to jobs and career pathways outside of their family experience, community and region.
The program has been co-designed by the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development in collaboration with the WA Department of Education, Catholic Education WA, the Association of Independent Schools WA, and WA TAFE colleges and industry.
Program design has been informed through extensive consultation in Perth and across regional WA with industry and employers, schools, students, vocational training providers, and community groups. Central to the program design has been the recognition of the different circumstances, needs and aspirations of students, and acknowledgement that there is more than one path to success.
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