Media Release: Pathways program to empower young people with work ready skills

Media Release: Pathways program to empower young people with work ready skills

The Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and J.P. Morgan have joined forces to create Higher Pathways a free, in-school initiative designed to equip and empower students with the skills and mindset they need to navigate work.

Drawing on insights from FYA’s New Work Order research series, the program will upskill school leavers in Southwest Sydney, Western Sydney and the Central Coast of NSW with work ready and career management skills, as well as offering tailored support to apply for Higher Apprenticeship positions in 2019.

FYA CEO, Jan Owen AM said the program would support the transition from education to work so young people are prepared for jobs now and into the future.

“In a future where young people are expected to have 17 jobs in 5 industries, we need a portfolio of skills including work ready enterprise skills including communication, critical thinking and problem solving, as well as career management capabilities,” Ms Owen said.

“Our one-size-fits all approach to education, with a focus on students ‘acing the test’, is not what is required to prepare young people to navigate a rapidly changing world. By creating and improving pathways for young Australians to develop work ready skills and career management capabilities, we will support their ability to fully thrive in the future.”

Paul Uren, Chief Executive Officer, J.P. Morgan, Australia and New Zealand, said “We are very pleased and excited to support this new FYA program. Helping underserved youth to transition from school into the workforce is extremely important, not only for their personal growth and ultimate ability to support themselves, but also as they become contributors to society, their family and broader community.

“We also recognise that addressing the need to grow Australia’s workforce and talent pool in STEM professions is critical to filling the jobs of the future,” he said.   

With the aim of bridging the gap for underserved young people who experience systemic barriers to higher education and pathways to professional education, the program has a particular focus on having female-identifying students participate to increase career opportunities in STEM and professional fields.

The students involved will participate in immersive, face-to-face educational workshops to build ‘work ready’ skills as well as receiving mentoring and career coaching.

More information about FYA’s Higher Pathways program is available here.


For all media queries please contact FYA Media Manager, Shona McPherson via 0407 507 480 or

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About Higher Apprenticeships

Part academic, part vocational training, all on the job; a Higher Apprenticeship is an arrangement that enables individuals to undertake a recognised national vocational qualification at Diploma, Advanced Diploma-level or Associate Degree, while fully employed and earning a wage. Learn more about the Australian Higher Apprenticeships here.