Students in Year 10 to 12 are embarking on a new suite of micro-credentials that are unlike anything else offered in Western Australia.
From filing a tax return, to essential first aid, to negotiating a car loan – don’t we all wish we’d left school with more real-life skills alongside our academic achievements?
Wesley College in Perth, WA, is addressing this with a new course designed to give our Year 10 to 12 students a depth and breadth of opportunities that go beyond the traditional curriculum.
Called Wesley NEXT, the course allows students to pick up “micro-credentials” that they can add to their fledgling CVs, opening doors to part- or full-time jobs in cafes, bars and restaurants. As time goes on, areas such as commerce, engineering and law will be added to help students hit the ground running on internships.
A scan through the lengthy list of micro-credentials is inspiring, not least because it covers areas of learning that didn’t even exist in the pre-digital age – an Introduction to Podcasting for example, or Digital Music Creation.
But it’s the more “day-to-day” skills that really catch the eye.
Most of us will admit that we would have been well-served in our youth by knowing a bit more about budgeting and saving, superannuation, essential DIY skills, employment contracts, writing application letters, cooking, basic car maintenance, tax, insurance or the ins…