A key objective of KIOSC is to engage with industry to ensure students are being prepared for careers of the future. They provide advice on future trends, relevant advanced technologies and potential areas of employment. Industry input is essential to ensure that our programs are relevant and appropriate to young peoples’ career opportunities.
Industry participants also assist with contacts and networks, which enable KIOSC to create effective partnerships with industry. In particular, the industry reference group may contribute to providing industry partners for Structured Workplace Learning and Your Future@Work programs.
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How can industry contribute?
- Provide real-world scenarios for applied learning – introduce students to authentic problems to investigate and propose solutions, either on work sites, at KIOSC, at school or in challenges and competitions; by working with students as facilitators/mentors of design thinking challenges (either face-to-face or virtual).
- Host worksite visits – offer immersion opportunities for students to observe real workplace environments and practices, and to learn about people and their jobs in various industries.
- Introduce students to the world of work – mentor or give talks to students reflecting on the world of work, including the environment, equipment and new technologies, employer expectations and possible pathways.
- Help design teaching curricula – ensure that curriculum reflects contemporary industry or business practices or technologies and will develop appropriate skills and capabilities that meet industry needs for students.
- Support professional development for teachers – equip teachers with the latest knowledge of industry practice and technological change, to inform authentic and relevant curriculum and skills development.
- Promote careers awareness- engage with students to ensure they understand potential career pre-requisites and pathways, and gain an early impression of the work landscape.
- Share equipment – provide access to, or donate up-to-date equipment and technologies used in industry that are relevant and enrich student learning.
- Provide financial support – contribute funds that can be used for the purchase of technology equipment, teaching materials, aids, and incentives or prizes for student competitions.