Torrens University and Country Education Program join forces to create pathways for rural youth

Country Education Partnership and Torrens University unite for young people in rural Australia

A new partnership between Torrens University Australia and Country Education Program (CEP) aims to remove barriers to study for young people living in rural and remote parts of Australia and provide them with study and career pathways.

The Country Education Partnership is a not-for-profit organisation, that has been working for over 40 years to support the provision of high-quality education within rural and remote communities across Australia. 

CEP Chief Executive Officer Mark McLay said CEP was very excited to be involved in this new partnership with Torrens University Australia. 

“The partnership between CEP and Torrens University provides the opportunity for our member schools, key stakeholders, and National Rural Youth Ambassador groups to have a deeper understanding of the opportunities provided through Torrens University,” said Mr McLay. 

“CEP has developed an expanded national footprint in 2022 and with Torrens University, looks forward to ensuring the opportunities for further studies are not negatively affected by a young person’s location.” 

Torrens University Australia Chief Commercial Officer Jerome Casteigt said the university was committed to supporting CEP’s mission to educate rural and regional youth by making education more accessible. 

“We will work closely with CEP’s Rural Youth Ambassador program, which is focused on Year 11 students in rural communities, offering workshops in study and career options, and leadership development,” said Mr Casteigt.  

“We look forward to welcoming students from the different CEP programs to our campuses and providing them with an insight into the diverse range of industry-focused courses we offer and helping them to build a successful career pathway.” 

The partnership will also provide Torrens University students with the opportunity to work with CEP on live projects as part of their studies. 

Bryce Ives, Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Torrens University Australia, said the partnership was vital to addressing the gap in opportunities for rural and regional students. 

“I have worked closely with CEP for many years and have seen the incredible impact they have on the lives of young people in rural and regional Australia. The partnership between CEP and Torrens University will help extend that impact to even more young people,” he said.   

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