The Inside Word

BUSY puts Australia’s future first

In 1855, American social reformer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke his now famous words, “it is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Whilst he said this in dialogue with white slave owners about the immortality of slavery, he could very well have said those same words to describe the importance of education in our society. 

In just over three years, long-time SAS Group client, the BUSY Group, has opened eight BUSY School campuses across Queensland with the passionate aim of helping young people in Years 11 and 12 who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from schooling.  

77.5 per cent of students in Queensland received a Senior Secondary Certificate or equivalent in 2022, better than the national average of 76.3 per cent.  Notwithstanding this result, truancy rates for Year 11 and 12 students is around 15 per cent. Not all but a large number of these students are at risk of disengaging. 

The BUSY School students, prior to coming to their new school, were in the very high-risk category of non-completion of their schooling and the system leaving them ill-equipped to transition to the world of work.  

BUSY Schools was pleased to showcase their Southport campus this week to Opposition Leader David Crisafulli and colleagues Laura Gerber and Andrew Powell. 

BUSY Group Managing Director Paul Miles and BUSY Schools CEO Lee Aitken highlighted the success of their schooling model whereby in 2023, 74 per cent of students received a Queensland Certification of Education, 88 per cent were awarded a nationally accredited vocational qualification, and 70 per cent had progressed to employment of further study pathways at the end of Year 12. 

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