For some young people, breaking into the job market can be difficult - especially if they’re experiencing disadvantage. They may lack the connections, role models and aspirations to explore their potential career options and job opportunities. This is where inspiring employers can help.
ANZ Treasury supports The Smith Family’s Work Inspiration program, an employer-led initiative that ensures young Australians have a positive, meaningful and inspiring first experience of the world of work.
The program helps young people to successfully navigate the transition to work by building career knowledge, broadening their perspectives and developing aspirations. For many young people facing disadvantage, acquiring this knowledge isn’t easy. Representation matters and having the opportunity to hear stories from a diverse range of people who’ve paved successful careers can make a big difference.
Digital delivers more
While the program was delivered in-person pre-COVID, our ANZ Treasury team recently worked with The Smith Family to create an adapted digital Work Inspiration program to ensure students didn’t miss out on the opportunity in these challenging times when in-person is not always possible.
Wendy Field, Head of Policy and Programs at The Smith Family, explains The Smith Family was concerned about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people in need.
“When COVID hit, we were really worried school closures and lockdowns would mean those students who most needed support with career pathways through our Work Inspiration program would miss out yet again,” she says.
“Funding and support from ANZ meant we could quickly move to adapt the program to an online version. It wasn’t perfect first off but we have continued to build on what we learned so we have a sustainable digital option for our students in these uncertain times.”
Going digital meant ANZ team members of all levels of seniority from across the organisation ran several sessions for students. That allowed more than 60 students from all around Australia to participate in the program.