How experiences with the workplace while at school affect young people after leaving school is the subject of this report. The experiences include those gained through work experience, school-based New Apprenticeships, part-time work and vocational placements in VET in Schools programs. Specific areas explored include the views of young people on the value of the various workplace experiences; for example, in relation to their staying at school and their post-school-to-work plans and pathways.
We are conducting a Project “Curriculum Renewal in Exercise Science” (funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council and AAESS) with major aims to investigate the broad range of roles of Exercise Scientists in workplaces now and in the future, and to use these to align university education and work/ practical experiences to scopes of practice. The Project is using investigative tools comprising focus groups, benchmarking of this and related professions, literature reviews, surveys of practitioners and academics, and expert panels. A forum organised at “be active’09” will serve as informal focus group, and participants will have ample opportunity to have input into both the scope of practice, and possible links to university curricula and work experience. Participants will have their identity protected as all outcomes from the Project are de-identified as to the source of the information. We encourage you to attend and participate in this forum on “Curriculum Renewal in Exercise Science”.