SPONSOR A PROGRAM

Through its carefully chosen range of programs, the Real Futures Foundation aims to provide students with opportunities for employment, mentor role models, work experience and to strengthen a wide range of links between schools, parents, industry and the community in a tangible, structured and meaningful way.

SPONSOR A PROGRAM

Local businesses are invited to become a naming rights sponsor of a program of their choice. In acquiring the naming rights of a program, you have your financial or in-kind support publicly acknowledged.  See ‘Sponsorship’ section for further details, or contact Marian Sampson on 0459 333 851 or email info@realfutures.com.au.

THE SOLDIERS POINT MARINA LEARN TO SAIL PROGRAM

This program is for students who have never stepped on a boat before, or know very little about sailing.  The program, run by instructors qualified under the Yachting Australia Instructor Program, is a hands-on boating handling program, dedicated to building students’ confidence on the water and promoting all the necessary safety aspects of sailing, essential rope handling and important yachting terms, basic understanding of navigational markers.

See www.soldierspointsailingschool.com.au for full details.

JOB INTERVIEW TECHNIQUES

This program offers a unique opportunity for students to attend a 15 minute mock interview conducted by volunteers from the local community.  Students present their prepared resume, body of work and cover letters to the “interviewer”, who then evaluates each student’s performance

The key outcome of the program is for the student to gain an understanding of the interviewing process and refine their skills, practice conversing, eye contact etc with adults not known to them.

WANDA BEACH PHARMACY TRY-A-TRADE

A “hands-on” trade expo. Seventy students obtain up to date and first hand information on various trades from approximately 40 trade exhibitors (trades such as hairdressing, veterinary nursing, plastering, brick laying, horticulture, and carpentry are represented).

The key outcome of this program is for students to learn more about their options in specific industries and the careers available within it.

Click the following link to view a 7.30pm report on - Speed careers –which highlights a Beacon program where students learn about different trades and businesses by talking directing with employers from the local community. - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-09-09/speed-career/2879298

PORT STEPHENS FM MEDIA PROGRAM

Students involved in various Real Futures activities are interviewed on Port Stephens FM each school term.

The aim is to develop confidence and public speaking skills and highlight the Real Futures programs to the community.

MENTORING

At risk students are matched one-on-one with a Mentor to learn and practise employability skills.

VALLEY HOMES CHARTER SIGNING CEREMONY

A formal assembly involving all Year 10 students from Tomaree High School and St Philips, parents, local and state government representatives, sponsors, business people and local community leaders.  The Year 10 students commit to a pledge to remain in further education, training or employment for the next 12 months.

MARQUIS BATHROOMS WORK READY PROGRAMS

Students attend TAFE for half a day each week to gain qualifications in employability skills, includes work experience one day per week for four weeks.  Students are closely monitored and mentored during this program to prepare them for the world of work.  An OHS course is also included in this program.

The aim of these programs is for students to gain a focus to re-engage with school and/or skills in order to pursue meaningful work.”

REAL FUTURES AMBASSADORS PROGRAM

Commencing in Term 1, fifteen students from Tomaree High School and four from St Philips Christian College engage in a leadership program, attend meetings, arrange fundraising activities, attend the National Student Conference, represent peers in our local community and support the Real Futures events. 

WORK EXPERIENCE

The Work Experience program provides an ideal opportunity for students and local employers to connect and establish links. 

The program is designed to :

  • contribute to the development of the skills of young people with hands-on experience;
  • ease the transition of students into the workplace;
  • build work/life skills, such as communicating effectively;
  • provide an opportunity for students to demonstration commitment and reliability;
  • building a relationship between students and local employers;
  • demonstrate to the student the wide variety of careers available

SOLDIERS POINT MARINA VOCATIONAL AWARD

The Soldiers Point Marina Vocational Award is given to a student after successful completion of Year 10 and who is then going on to a full time job or apprenticeship/traineeship. This award is presented to assist the student in the purchase of necessary tools of the trade.

CAREERS EXPO MAITLAND / NEWCASTLE

The annual Career Expo provides students with an opportunity to meet with graduate employers in their chosen industry.

Students will be able to talk to people who are working in many different types of jobs including representatives from employer and professional associations, TAFE, Universities, other training providers and employment agencies from the fields of engineering, business, science, IT, law and design.

VALLEY HOMES BREAKFAST CLUB

The Valley Homes Breakfast Club program ensures all students have access to a nutritious meal to start the day, which helps with concentration and learning in the classroom.

The program meets the needs of many students whilst providing opportunities for our ambassadors and leaders in the school to volunteer and provide support for other students that require special attention and improved access to breakfast.