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Launched today, an innovative online platform will further support Berry Street School students to achieve their education and career goals.

Developed by Orygen, with support from RACV, the Youth Online Training and Employment System (YOTES) was designed to:

  • help students work towards their career goals
  • offer personalised career advice, and
  • connect students with peer mentors and other students in a safe online environment.

The new platform will strengthen existing school career programs across our four Berry Street School campuses, providing another layer of support for students when needed.

Principal of Berry Street School, Rebecca Robinson, said career education is important for all young people.

“Our students have faced systemic educational inequity. By attending our unique setting, and having access to programs such as YOTES, we are prioritising their futures and supporting them to make well-informed career decisions,” said Rebecca.

YOTES utilises innovative technology to support students and teachers in alternative education settings to explore and plan out transitions, such as navigating work, study and future careers.

Orygen’s Associate Director of Employment and Education Partnerships, Gina Chinnery, said Orygen is excited to trial YOTES with students across regional Victoria.

“We know quality career advice is critical for young people navigating the transition to further education and training,” Ms Chinnery said.

Louise Steinfort, RACV general manager, social Impact and corporate communications, said RACV is pleased to be supporting Orygen to continue capacity building that will help create long-term change for young people.

“The YOTES in Schools program is one we hope can be viable over the long term, and we are pleased it can be deployed at Berry Street School’s Narre Warren, Morwell, Shepparton and Ballarat campuses,” Ms Steinfort said.

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