The Young Industry Ambassador (YIA) program gives young people aged 18-30 years old an opportunity to inspire school students about future industry opportunities in their region. Recruited from a range of workplaces and training institutions across our regions, they inspire students to reach their career goals and understand the importance of remaining in school. YIAs are offered ongoing training and mentoring in leadership, media and communications, public speaking and engaging with children and young people.
YIAs inspire primary and secondary school students by sharing their story; their personal and vocational interests, pathways during and post-school, a typical day at their workplace, what they enjoy about their work and lifestyle. They present in school classrooms, assemblies and can also (where possible), host classes in their workplace.
Through this engagement, YIAs develop strong connections in community, confidence and a sense of accomplishment as they empower young people to create positive change in their lives by telling their stories.
“As an employer of YIAs over a number of years, I’ve found it not only makes a difference to the student, but to the employee as well. They learn a great deal from training and gain maturity by stepping up to become a leader. I would recommend it to young people and employers in any sector.” YIA Employer, Bendigo.