Podcast: Inspiring the Future Australia : Fizzics Education


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Podcast: Inspiring the Future Australia

Podcast: Inspiring the Future Australia


Find out how the Inspiring the Future Australia campaign is helping connect students to people in STEM careers! We chat with Adrian Rhodes who is the Director for the project and discover not only how easy it is for schools to connect, but also the impact it is having in breaking down stereotypes.

Hosted by Ben Newsome from Fizzics Education

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More about Adrian Rhodes

Adrian has 48 years of experience in education, community development, career development and cross-sector partnership brokering in Australia and overseas and is passionate about supporting young people to reach their full educational and vocational potential. He commenced his career as a Primary School Teacher in Victoria and in a remote indigenous community school in Western Australia. For the past 20 years, Adrian has been in heavily involved in vocational education and government-funded career support programs for school students in the greater Sydney region. He has brokered numerous sustainable partnerships between schools, business and community organisations that continue to broaden the career horizons of young people. He is a member of the NSW Justices Association and member of the Asia-Pacific and International Partnership Brokers Associations.

About the Inspiring the Future Australia Campaign

Inspiring the Future (ITF) Australia is a national campaign to give every school student the opportunity to be inspired and motivated by volunteers from a wide range of occupations and industries at all levels. Workplace volunteers sign up on the ITF online platform where they create a personal profile including school regions they are willing to travel to on invitation. Teachers sign up online for free to search for and invite registered volunteers into their school to share their career story or help in other ways. ITF challenges gender, cultural and socio-economic stereotyping, broadens students’ career horizons and helps to illustrate the relevance of their classroom studies to workplace applications.

Volunteer postcard for Inspiring the Future Australia

The more connections that school students have with people from the workplace, the better equipped they are to make informed decisions about their future study and career options and to gain meaningful employment. ITF expands the number of those connections, especially for students with limited role models, living in families experiencing intergenerational unemployment and other types of entrenched social disadvantage.


School Industry Partnership

At Schools Industry Partnership (SIP), they believe that every young person has a gift or talent inside them. the team st SIP work with young people to help them discover their career passion and how to transform their skills leading to real jobs.

SIP is a not-for-profit incorporated association based in Western Sydney governed by a volunteer board representing key stakeholders and partners in our mission, from school systems, TAFE, local government, chambers of commerce and employers within the community. The express purpose of our organisation is to support education and career pathways.

Established in 1995, SIP has been involved in a variety of different services and programs under various funding arrangements. Some of these ventures include Work Inspiration, the Bright Futures campaign, and Career Advice Australia.

Currently, SIP is a provider of the Work Placement program, the Transition to Work service, the Smart Skilled & Hired Youth Employment Program and runs the campaign Inspiring the Future-Australia. Since its inception SIP has successfully coordinated the Work Placement program, proudly placing over 50,000 students, as well as directly helping hundreds of young people into employment. SIP is also pleased to see great success in its other programs and services, with over 200 successful placements for their employment services and over 2000 users signed up on Inspiring the Future.


With interviews with leading science educators and STEM thought leaders, this science education podcast is about highlighting different ways of teaching kids within and beyond the classroom. It’s not just about educational practice & pedagogy, it’s about inspiring new ideas & challenging conventions of how students can learn about their world!

Hosted by Ben Newsome

Ben Newsome

AEON member


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