Steve Harrison has delivered vocational education and training in schools for over 20 years. Steve is passionate about changing school culture in terms of relationships, expectations, student agency and purposeful learning. His School-As-Workplace model demonstrates that simulating the social as well as physical aspects of a workplace within the school not only engages learners but creates successful employment pathways. Findings from Steve’s Churchill Fellowship has enabled him to develop long-term mutually sustainable partnerships with major businesses in the Tasmanian salmon aquaculture industry. Over 60 students from the Huon Valley, a region of low socio-economic status, have gained full-time employment in the salmon industry as businesses work proactively to develop their future workforce.
Steve has also worked to bring about cultural change in the wider senior secondary school environment which has seen Year 12 attainment rates soar above state averages and put students from families who had never progressed past Year 10 onto pathways to university, employment and further training. In 2018 Steve’s achievements were recognised by him being awarded an Australian Teaching Fellowship.
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