Fifty students from Bendigo secondary schools converged at the Bendigo Tech School on Friday 15 March to attend a Student Ambassador Bootcamp.
A Tech School Ambassador is a leadership position for students who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM).
Graeme Wiggins, Director of Bendigo Tech School, says the Ambassadors play an important role in influencing other young people and the community to engage with technology, as well as inform the Tech School’s learning programs.
“Ambassadors are leaders who understand the importance of technology to their future and want to help others to explore the possibilities of new and emerging technologies,” Graeme explains.
Throughout 2019 the Ambassadors will be meeting fortnightly, facilitated by young industry mentors; La Trobe University Education Honours Student Kaysee Gray, and Angus Bowles, an Operations Engineer for Coliban Water and GLLEN Young Industry Ambassador.
“We are committed to supporting students to develop agency to design their own programs and events,” says Graeme. “At the Student Ambassador Bootcamp, we will be equipping Ambassadors with skills in media management, communications, planning and design thinking.”
Bendigo Tech School programs prepare students for the future world of work and are aligned to industries predicted to experience strong economic and employment growth in the Bendigo region including medical technology and pharmaceuticals, new energy technologies, advanced manufacturing, food and fibre and transport, defence and construction technologies.
Tech Schools are part of the Victorian Government's commitment to deliver the Education State vision for Victoria. Under the initiative, the Government has established 10 Tech Schools across the state.