SEDA Relaunches Surfing Victoria Industry Program

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A revised and re-launched SEDA program will give students from the Geelong, Torquay, Ocean Grove and Bellarine Peninsula areas the opportunity to secure work placements with strong and recognised surf-industry employers.

The local community is invited to learn more about the new program at a SEDA information evening on Wednesday 24 August 2016 starting 19.00 at the Australian National Surfing Museum, 77 Beach Road, Torquay.

SEDA delivers hands-on education for year 11 and 12 students that connects the classroom to the real world. As part of the SEDA curriculum, students are working and delivering programs to community groups one day a week.

Over 2000 students are currently completing their education with SEDA in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory.

With the Surfing Victoria Industry program, students will complete their secondary education by studying a curriculum that is applied and connected to the surfing world specifically.

The program is supported by the surf industry and includes VCAL and nationally recognised VET qualifications, industry work placements, surf industry networking opportunities as well as practical surf sessions and specialist training.

Students will learn from highly-credentialed people from SEDA and the surfing world and will have the opportunity to be involved in unique surf experiences and events, including the Rip Curl Pro.

Critically, students are given the chance to develop their own networks and professional relationships through the organisations that support the program such as Surfing Victoria, Rip Curl, Strapper, Modom, Quiksilver, Roxy, DC, Dragon, XTM Performance, Surf Coast Shire, Torquay Surf Academy and Great Ocean Road Surf Tours.

For local teacher Kate Wells the kind of experience provided by SEDA is, “invaluable in not only assisting the community reach talented future employees but also for developing students’ work- readiness skills.”

Upon completion of the program, SEDA students are placed to transition into a range of employment options in the industry, or continue with further education, possibly linking back to a career connected to surfing.

Grayme ‘Gally’ Galbraith from local business Torquay Surf Academy based in Torquay who has previously taken on a SEDA student from this program said, “this initiative produces mature, resilient and capable young men and women, who make top-class employees.”

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