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Trade training boosts job skills

“Without this, students would end up in unskilled employment”

Yeronga State High School, in inner Brisbane, was one of the first schools to receive funding via Schools Plus. Six months in to their Trade Training project, the school’s Head of Creative Industries, Gordon Collis, tells how generous support from donors through our Smart Giving program has given Yeronga’s students a much better chance at skilled employment.

“Without a project like this, many of those students would end up in unskilled employment after school,” Gordon says. “We’ve already seen an improvement in students’ grades through this real world approach [and] some of our kids have started to think about particular careers.”

Through the project, students – many from asylum seeker and refugee backgrounds – are gaining skills in engineering, building and construction, and furniture manufacturing. They have registered a business name, designed and built prototypes of furniture and will soon start manufacturing pieces for sale.

Without Schools Plus, Gordon says, Yeronga would not have had the finances to buy the commercial-standard machinery required for the courses. “We’ve been allowed to buy equipment and get on with what we need to do,” he says.

Your support for a school like Yeronga would give students facing disadvantage the opportunities they need to fulfil their potential. To see which schools need your support, visit our Schools Project page.

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Our Founding Members

Schools Plus is backed by an impressive list of not-for-profit organisations. In 2013, a group of passionate leaders in the not-for-profit sector, philanthropists and government representatives met to discuss how a national organisation could be created to increase giving to schools in need.

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If you are passionate about improving education outcomes for students, we’d love to hear from you.

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Fair Education Leadership Coaches

Now in its second year, the Fair Education program has significantly grown, presenting a unique opportunity to further enrich our coaching approach as well as to make our model more sustainable. We are therefore excited to welcome five incredibly experienced education leaders into the Fair Education coaching team.

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Which schools are eligible

We support schools with an ICSEA value below 1000 (including many special schools with a zero ICSEA). ICSEA stands for Index of Community Socio-Educational Advantage – check values at www.myschool.edu.au.

More than 4,600 schools in Australia, across the government, independent and Catholic sectors, are eligible for our support.

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Free fundraising workshop

Want to learn how to raise more funds for your school?

We are hosting a free workshop on Thursday 14 March 2019 which will cover:

*Easy step-by-step approach to fundraising for a project

*How to pitch your project to potential donors – and where to find them

*Practical tips to make your fundraising drive a success

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Success Stories

Read about the difference we’re making together to the lives of students in need around Australia. Our donors have already supported projects in nearly 100 schools.

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Why We’re Needed

Research shows that disadvantage is a huge factor in student performance. But we don’t believe a postcode or background should determine a student’s future.

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Your generosity will help schools provide the opportunities students need and deserve to fulfil their potential. Explore the much-needed initiatives on our Projects page and support a school today.

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Seeking School Projects

We’re always speaking to donors who want to support a school project that will have a real impact on students’ lives. You can register your initiative through our site. 

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