Imagine the response if we stopped asking young people what they want to be when they grow up, and started asking what they value, what they enjoy, and what they’re good at?
And what if we supported them through an engaging, individualised process that explores these questions while developing enterprise skills and exploring a range of potential career pathways through social action?
Achieve Fest is a free, two-day online immersion designed to explore identity, build networks, and develop the skills needed to thrive now and into the future.
Achieve Fest is open to:
- Young people aged 12 to 24 years
- Parents/guardians across Australia
What's it all about?
It’s pretty clear that we are entering a time of great economic, social, and environmental change. Research tells us that as we shift into the fourth industrial revolution, young people will need to develop new mindsets, skills, and capabilities to thrive in a rapidly changing world of work.
We know that many young people feel underprepared to transition from school and to make informed career decisions. We know educators have a desire to innovate but often feel hamstrung by systemic pressures and workload. We know parents are concerned their children won’t be able to successfully transition from education to employment.
Clearly, there is a strong case for change, but where do we begin?
In collaboration with workplace learning specialists and in co-design with teachers, students and thought leaders, Prince’s Trust Australia has created Achieve, an inquiry-based framework that engages young people in learning through careers education and enterprise skills development.
Achieve Fest was launched to showcase the Achieve framework as an online immersion. All of the resources and materials are available at no cost via our online resource hub, Achieve Online.
Feedback from our community
Great structure, starting form identifying self, knowing your skills and taking action. As an educator, they are simple enough to use and facilitate on our own.
'The Twenties’ are brilliantly designed mini lesson on skills building, which is really great. The program links to great networks and mentors and I'd hope it continues to do this. The online platform is easy to use. Achieve Fest was engaging and useful across age groups.
Achieve enables students to identify their skills, type of employment most suitable and the path to follow.
Often students struggle with unpacking their strengths and have no idea where to start. Achieve supports this process in a fun, informative and lock step way.
Really loved the facilitation of Achieve Fest. Enjoyed working through the program. The big wins for me were connecting to the networks of great people and organisation/projects. Would be great to see more opportunities for this kind of exposure for teachers.
I appreciate the Achieve Fest program and resources as a mechanism to spotlight enterprise skills and to expose teachers and students to what they need to know about the rapidly changing world of work. ‘The Twenties’ activities are excellent resources that teachers can use in future in practical ways across several subject areas.
Loved that it was on-line and available to students, educators, and parents. I would love to see this more, in fact one thing COVID has shown us is that we can be a very connected world even when our borders are closed. Please continue to make courses available worldwide. I love what the Princes Trust is doing and stands for. Great job team! One of the best PD courses I’ve done. Thank you all!
Schools need more exposure to these types of programs and setting up supportive networking communities.
The panellists and the presenters were just so positive and inspiring. I, as an educator was inspired. I can only imagine the positive impact they would have had on young students.
I love the resources provided - it was really helpful. I loved that we got to hear great and inspirational people's tips and tricks.
The best part of Achieve was the fact that they made everything fun and interesting to watch. My group did not stop writing notes the whole time because of how interesting it was. The second was the participation. The participation from all of the students and staff was amazing to see. And finally is how they got guest speakers to talk and tell us about their experiences to teach us new things and influence us to do these things ourselves.
Achieve was a great online program. The three best things about Achieve include the skill-building activities, teaching us how to become better global citizens and interacting with a variety of people to hear their diverse backstories.
The speakers were incredible, I loved that it was focussing on transferrable skills, those workshops were all delivered in a super engaging way.
I really liked the interviews from the guest speakers, they were really enjoyable and gave me really good insight for the future. I liked the list of ‘twenties’, and I hope to complete all 58 of them eventually. I think they were really helpful, as we are never really taught these things at school.
I loved the interactive activities. I enjoyed how we had the quiz at the start than the same quiz at the end to see our growth.
Great interaction - just the right balance between guests, hosts and speakers
The personalised journey made it easier for my 14 yr old to identify with the messages.
A great reminder to me of my own skills as I have been out of the paid work force for some time and am no longer officially accredited in my profession - but I still have so much to offer - thank you.
Participants from a previous Achieve Fest improved the following:
- Educators increased confidence in teaching and working with young people
- Young people increased their understanding of the importance of schooling and career aspirations
- Both young people and educators saw improvements in ten enterprise skills.
"Achieve Fest was a fun and impactful three days. Not often do you learn about how to turn your interests and values into a meaningful career and life path. At Achieve Fest we got insights and knowledge which inspired us to create our own path, and tools to get started and guide us along the way. Most impactful was the way that Achieve Fest framed meaningful work. After taking part in Achieve Fest with my siblings, we had a really productive family conversation with our parents about what's most important in choosing a career. It was nice to see our family' perspectives shift from the importance of a good salary and job security to the importance of values and enjoyment in the work we do."
- Caleb | Student
"A wonderful opportunity for students to explore their thoughts and ideas collaboratively with teachers, mentors, and experts. AchieveOnline provided facilitation for school groups and individuals to explore and understand their strengths, attributes, and entrepreneurial skills. The Achieve Framework provided an engaging way for students to connect with expert advice in order to learn and more importantly apply a variety of entrepreneurial skills that will help them in all aspects of their lives."
- George | Educator
"Achieve Fest was a brilliant opportunity to learn alongside kids and adults and hear from some fantastic humans about their career journeys. I really enjoyed the top-notch facilitation and mix of activities. The Achieve program is a terrific result. Having been involved in the early workshop, it was great to see it come to life. I've no doubt that Australia's young people will find Achieve a powerful way to bring their dreams to life; learning essential life skills and finding out more about who they are."
- Janine | Cool Australia