Journey follows youth career paths

FORGING education and industry partnerships to create meaningful career outcomes for young people has been a major interest for recent Churchill Fellowship recipient Lesley Richardson.

Churchill Fellowship recipient Lesley Richardson, of Launceston, will fly to Germany and the UK to discover how industry and education merge.  Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Churchill Fellowship recipient Lesley Richardson, of Launceston, will fly to Germany and the UK to discover how industry and education merge. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Education Department school apprenticeship manager Mrs Richardson was one of six Tasmanians to receive a Churchill Fellowship, worth up to $22,000, which will allow her to research abroad and bring back her findings for the benefit of the state.

Mrs Richardson said she would be looking at how business organisations successfully work with the public sector and educators to ensure young people had secure career pathways.

One of her projects in Germany will look at transport and logistic company Deutsche Bahn.

``Deutsche Bahn have outstanding partnerships with over 350 schools and operate in 150 countries around the world,'' Mrs Richardson said.

``They have defined a strategy to bring people into their industry through apprenticeships, university scholarships and career promotion programs.''

Mrs Richardson said she would be looking at a broad range of programs that each had successful social partnerships.

``We can only learn from things that are working and I will obviously be looking for best practice examples to see how the policy is framed around these collaborative strategies to inform our own policy and strategies.''

Mrs Richardson said she was thrilled to receive the Park Family Churchill Fellowship, and was planning a trip in May next year.

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