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Grant helps students prepare for life after school

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Education Minister Grace Grace and Bundaberg MP Tom Smith chats to Kepnock State High School students about the Careers Capability Development Grants Program.

Students at Kepnock State High School will be better prepared for life beyond the classroom after a new grant was secured to build on quality career strategies, practices and approaches.

The local school is one of 25 in Queensland to make a successful application for the Careers Capability Development Grants Program.

Eligible state schools were able to apply for grants of up to $25,000.

Kepnock State High School's grant will help to strengthen curriculum opportunities that build students’ career knowledge and skills for the future – applying a careers lens to entrepreneurial and enterprise skills.

Principal Nicholas Howkins welcomed the announcement.

“The grant will be used to create a series of master classes for the sustainable delivery of pre-entrepreneurial education as part of the wider Year 10 careers program,” Mr Howkins said.

“Ultimately, students will build a learner profile that will then guide their studies in Years 11 and 12 and assist with employment and/or training on completion of their secondary education.”

Schools from Far North Queensland to the Gold Coast have shared in a total of $250,000 as part of the program.

Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith congratulated Kepnock on receiving part of the important funding.

“The aim of the program is for schools to share their learnings, successes, and challenges, and develop practices that promote innovation in career education,” Mr Smith said.

“This important initiative will support the new Prep to Year 12 Pathways to a successful future strategy for preparing state school students for life beyond school and the workplaces of the future.

Education Minister Grace Grace the Careers Capability Development Grants Program would prepare school students for the workplaces of the future.

“We want to make sure young Queenslanders are as prepared as they can possibly be for the good jobs on offer in our state before they have even finished school,” she said.

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