The Department of Education and Training Victoria (DET), recognises that many students from disadvantaged families are less likely to have the social networks and support to actively engage in their career journey.  Vulnerable students may be struggling with self-defeating inner stories that inhibit their ability to choose and follow meaningful life/career journey and often result in them giving up on themselves and their future.

To support career practitioners to provide targeted career education support to vulnerable students, Gray Poehnell will deliver a series of workshops across Victoria.  His workshops will focus on a strength-based approach to career education which will demonstrate alternative tools and activities that cultivate hope and accessibility, particularly for those who are experiencing disadvantages and multi-barriers to education, training and employment. This includes cohorts such as Koorie youth, youth involved in the justice system, from asylum seeker and refugee families, out of home care, and young people with a disability.

This approach stimulates hope by facilitating self-discovery through a wide range of activities that provide people with a greater awareness of who they are and what they can do. It enables people to see that there is much more to them than their problems; it gives them a new story full of possibility.

There will be 10 x two-day workshops across Victoria in the following locations:

  1. Melbourne CBD (The Hotel Windsor) – 28 February & 1 March (Event Completed)
  2. Melbourne CBD (The Hotel Windsor) – 5 March & 6 March (Event Completed)
  3. Melbourne CBD (The Hotel Windsor) – 12 March & 13 March (Event Completed)
  4. Melbourne CBD (The Hotel Windsor) – 14 March & 15 March (Event Completed)
  5. Dandenong (Atura Hotel) - 18 & 19 March 2019 (Event Completed)
  6. Morwell (Federation Training) – 21 & 22 March 2019 (Event Completed)
  7. Bendigo (All Seasons Hotel) – 25 & 26 March 2019 (Event Completed)
  8. Benalla (Lakeside Community Centre) – 28 & 29 March 2019 (Registrations Closed)
  9. Horsham (Horsham International Hotel) – 1 & 2 April 2019
  10. Torquay (RACV Torquay) – 4 & 5 April 2019


Career practitioners from all Victorian schools, government, Catholic and independent are invited to attend one of the two-day workshops.


Please note maximum of 25 participants for each workshop.

Please choose ONE workshop only.