For ANZ, a key initiative keeping our teams connected with the community in 2020 involved working with The Smith Family to implement a digitised version of the Work Inspiration program. This business-led initiative provides young people with opportunities to experience the world of work first-hand. Work Inspiration facilitates safe and engaging spaces to gain perspectives about the world of work. It provides an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about various professional roles, enabling them to make more informed decisions about future career pathways.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the inability to run school excursions meant around 1,400 students who The Smith Family supports were at risk of forfeiting this unique opportunity.To enable the continuation of the program, giving students an equally safe, inspiring and engaging experience with employees and organisations, The Smith Family worked with organisations like ANZ to take the Work Inspiration program online.
“What a privilege it was to work with ANZ to bring together the digital Work Inspiration program for our students,” said Judy Barraclough, Head of Strategy and Philanthropy, The Smith Family. “This program is potentially life-changing for these young people, giving them increased confidence and motivation for their futures. The fresh and engaging way that the ANZ team interacted with the students created a wonderful environment for learning. Thank you to ANZ for the willingness to evolve and deliver the program in a digital format, and most importantly for the dedicated way they connected with our students to inspire hope for the future.”
Inspiring the Next Generation
A three-day digital Work Inspiration program was led by ANZ’s Treasury team in partnership with The Smith Family. As a large employer, ANZ has a significant role in helping this generation see the potential work pathways that lie ahead for them. Attending students gained first-hand experience of what a career at ANZ might look like and participated in practical online workshops developing their communication and presentation skills. The students accessed virtual sessions with senior leaders who reflected on their careers and answered career-related questions.