Strengthening networks to inform and improve outcomes for young people

Registrations are now OPEN

Where: Dubbo RSL Club, 178 Brisbane Street Dubbo NSW 2830
When:Thursday 5th November from 8:30 to 4:30

Pre-conference canapes and drinks: Commercial Hotel Dubbo, Wednesday 4th November 2015 at 7:00pm

Western Student Connections, the Work Placement Service Provider (WPSP) for Western NSW, is pleased to announce that the 2015 "Achieving Vocational Outcomes" Conference will be held in in Dubbo on Thursday 5th November 2015. The conference will provide keynote addresses and presentations around ideas for achieving vocational outcomes for all young people including:

  • Young people with a disability
  • Aboriginal young people
  • Disengaged youth
  • School students heading to further/higher education
On the agenda will be:
  • Defining Generation Z and 5 generations at work
  • Meeting the future needs in Western NSW in the Health & Community Services sector
  • CHC08 Community Services Training Package
  • HLT07 Health Training Package
  • Community Services and Health Industry Skills Council reports
  • Training opportunities – schools, RTOs, Traineeships
  • Employment opportunities – employers, businesses, organisations
  • Increasing capability through language, literacy and numeracy programs
  • Addressing local skills shortages
  • Preparing school students/young people for a pathway into employment



Keynote Address
Claire Madden

Claire Madden is a social researcher and Director of Research at the internationally recognised McCrindle Research. Armed with her research methodologies, business acumen and communication skills, Claire effectively bridges the gap between the emerging generations and the business leaders and educators of today. She is a next-gen expert, fluent in the social media, youth culture, and engagement styles of these global generations, and a professional in interpreting what this means for educators, managers and marketers.
With academic qualifications in communications and postgraduate studies in leadership, Claire brings robust, research-based content to her engaging presentations and consulting. As a social commentator, she has been interviewed on these topics on prominent television programs Sunrise and The Morning Show, as well as on the radio and in the print media.
Claire has delivered professional development sessions for school and tertiary teachers, given keynote addresses at conferences as well as board room strategy sessions. From conducting training days for corporate and not for profit clients, to addressing students, training rising leaders and facilitating youth panels, Claire is in a unique position to understand the emerging generations and communicate the key engagement strategies.
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