Partnering with others

Building partnerships with parents and local business provides better work and career opportunities for secondary students.

Partnering with others

Schools, businesses, and communities may form partnerships to give young people better work and career opportunities. Everyone has a role in ensuring students are ready for the future of work. Governments, parents and carers, school leaders and teachers, employers, career practitioners and the youth sector can all contribute to this important task.

Partnerships can:

  • help students prepare for work
  • provide students with a business mentor
  • provide students with hands-on learning opportunities
  • allow teachers to design learning activities that connect classroom learning with real world experiences
  • lead to better morale among teachers and the better use of resources within schools
  • benefit business with improved staff morale, raise awareness of their industry and community recognition.

When partnerships flourish, everyone benefits.

Getting parents involved

Parents and carers play a crucial role in the career choices of young people. Schools should make sure parents and carers are informed and involved in their child’s career development, so that young people can make informed career decisions.

Case studies of parent involvement

The following case studies show how innovative, good practice strategies across Australia helped engage parents and families to support their children in career education.

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Hunter River High School

A regional school program that connects students with industry

What Motivates You?' question written on blackboard on tripod with chalk.

Liverpool Boys High School

How parents were engaged in passion-based learning at Liverpool Boys High School

Lyneham High School

The experience of an individual school using the Pathways program to engage parents and carers in career conversations

Other resources for engaging parents

Australian Parents Council - VET Infographics(External website, Opens in new window)

Videos and downloadable resources that bust myths around vocational education and training

Foundation for Young Australians - Career Education Toolkits(External website, Opens in new window)

Downloadable resources on how parents and carers can support school-industry partnerships

Learning Potential Career Education Content(External website, Opens in new window)

Articles on how parents and carers can nurture a child’s career development

Partnering with local businesses

Collaborating closely with employers leads to effective vocational learning and VET. It helps students to:

  • understand work and jobs
  • develop skills and knowledge that will be useful to their future training.

It’s also useful for local business. Employers get to have a say in the training and skills students receive, and ultimately influence their future employees.

Learn more about partnering with local businesses (External website, Opens in new window)


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How one regional school supports students doing school-based apprenticeships

How a Victorian school’s successful school-based apprenticeship program is helping students transition into work

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How successful engagement with industry enhances your career education plan

Learn about Cheltenham Secondary College in Victoria and its successful Careers and Pathways program

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Why is successful engagement with parents important

Tips for your school to successfully engage parents and carers in their child’s career development