Robert Lawson advocates the importance of providing all students, in particular those with disability, programs and resources that support positive transitions through and out of school into work, training or higher education. He acknowledges that young people with disability transitioning out of school, leaving friends and a supportive school environment, is a disruptive and anxious time in their life.
In 2017, Robert received a Churchill Fellowship to investigate transition from school to work programs for students with disability. He visited schools and education departments in America, Ireland and the UK. Robert identified that schools and colleges were imbedding vocational learning into curriculum and they had a strong focus on preparing students for employment, independent living and health and wellbeing.
Working in education for 25 years Robert is currently located in the Pathways and Transitions Directorate where he works to ensure all students have the opportunity to undertake safe and engaging workplace learning activities. He provides teachers with professional learning events such as Transition Support training and Transition Adviser training.
Robert has presented at conferences at a national and state level. He also been a guest speaker at virtual career expos for young people with disability.
Robert has been awarded NSW Vocational Education and Training teacher of the year, NSW Premiers Scholarship and two State Representation awards.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Education (TAS) from Charles Sturt University and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
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