Visual Media Association shares industry opportunities with school leavers

The Visual Media Association (VMA) has announced a re-commitment to its School Leavers program in partnership with The Smith Family. The first round of workshops for Year 10s will kick off at McClelland College in Frankston, Victoria, at The Smith Family ‘Future Talk’ sessions.

The sessions are designed for industry mentors to meet with students via a round-table short workshop approach to share their career journeys, discuss the various roles across the industry, and discuss their job roles to inspire and spark curiosity in the next generation of industry leaders.

Working in small groups of 5-8 students at a time, the mentors are asked to share their career journeys with students looking to build their futures. The VMA has built interactive activities to showcase the breadth and opportunity of print to explore career opportunities from apprentices to cadetships, sales to finance, and more that the print and visual media industry offers.

Print industry mentors encourage school leavers to consider a career in print.

“This is our third year working with The Smith Family, and the relationship is growing in strength from Perth to Melbourne and now nationally. It is really exciting to see how our industry is now building a voice for the next generation.

“Often, our industry is under-promoted, and bringing the industry directly to these wonderful teens is a terrific opportunity. The best part of the day is watching the ‘ah-ha’ moments when we talk about the role print plays in everyday life. Bringing our members along with the VMA team is also really powerful, and we encourage members to get more involved,” commented Kellie Northwood, chief executive officer, VMA.

Members are welcome to attend and share their careers and the future pathways for school leavers across their businesses and industries. For more information about how to participate, contact

Upcoming event schedule


Wednesday 24th April – Collingwood College & Fitzroy High School Combined – Future Talk

Thursday 16th May – Manor Lakes College – Future Talk

Thursday 16th May – Wyndham Central College – Future Talk

Thursday 23rd May – Mount Clear College – Job Jump

Thursday 18th July – Phoenix P-12 Community College – Sebastopol Campus – Job Jump


Thursday 30th of May – Tullawong State High School – Career Talks

Wednesday 7th June – Burnside State High School – Trade Focus Ute Day – Maroochydore


Monday 27th May – Playford International College – Career Expo


Thursday 23rd May – Thornlie Senior High School – Career Expo


Tuesday 9th of April – Warrawong High School – Mock Interviews

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