If Uni is Not Right for You

Knox City Council held the inaugural Careers and Skills Forum last month.

Hosted by the Economic Development team, it featured a keynote address by one of Australia’s leading education ‘Agents of Change’, Peter Hutton.

The Forum was attended by more than 80 people including students, their parents and a wide cross-section of education and careers experts from Melbourne’s east.

Inspiration for the evening came from the team’s desire to start a conversation that addressed a pressing problem: What can we do to influence the high youth unemployment across Australia and in Knox?

With this in mind, this event brought together stories, leading experts and examples to inspire young people, their parents, teachers and career counsellors with the message that it’s OK to pursue a personal journey that doesn’t include university studies and might include paths such as apprenticeships, traineeships or even self-employment.

Business partners Catten Industries, Diver Foods, Mobile Automation, Natures Organics, Seasol, Serco, Tilley Soaps and Zinfra as well as support organisations AI Group Training, Apprenticeships Matter, Jobs Victoria, Ringwood Training, Swinburne and Skills & Jobs Centre offered invaluable insight throughout the evening.

The diversity of the audience, the rich knowledge shared by all the speakers and the positive feedback from attendees confirmed the importance of hosting this event.