A Sydney school has started an online career academy that offers free tutoring and classes for students with disabilities.
The School of Applied Arts and Technology, at St George’s College, is the latest school to adopt the initiative, which is aimed at helping people find work and get back into the workforce.
“We know it can be hard to find a job in the community,” said Professor James Riddle.
“It’s a big challenge.
There are a lot of people that have lost jobs in the last few years.”
The reason we’re doing this is because we have this great opportunity that we have with the kids and the school.
“These are kids who are not really prepared for a job.”
The online career training program runs from 1 November and includes online courses and a mentoring programme.
“I think it’s an exciting opportunity for people to go through the process of applying for a specific job,” said the School of Arts and Humanities dean.
“They have an opportunity to really take advantage of the skills that they’ve got and apply them to their specific job.”
Students are also able to learn the basics of a computer, as well as basic business skills, from their tutor.
“You have to be prepared to learn, and that’s a very important thing,” said Riddle, adding that it could be a key skill to get back to work.
The curriculum includes courses on programming, computer programming, software development, web design, web development, and web and mobile development.
“This is a great way for people who are looking for a new career, to really get an understanding of what they can expect in the workplace, and the challenges that people may face,” said Associate Professor David Gifford.
“There’s a lot that we can learn from these students.”
“It might be a bit hard for them to understand some of the things, but they’ll have a really good understanding of how to do it,” he said.
The school has set up a website where students can sign up and have a chance to get started.
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