Through the final week of Term 2 our Year 10 students participated in Work Experience with 213 students sourcing their own placements in an amazing array of occupations.
Our students spent time experiencing workplaces including trades, oncology research, schools, daycare centres, outdoor activity camps, hair salons, allied health, real estate agents, vets and many more varied forms of employment. Some students will complete Work Experience over the term break.
To support students still developing their employability skills, we ran a Virtual Work Experience Program at the College where 35 students completed an individual profile, task-matching skills and interests to industry. Our Virtual students then engaged with one of 50 different online modules in their chosen career of interest, developing skills within that sector through the completion of tailored micro-credential courses.
External presenters such as florist Rosalie De Francesco (Class of 2019), owner of Rosie Posie Floral Designs, as well as James Canny (Class of 1987), a pilot from Air Inspect Australia, shared information regarding a number of traditional and emerging industries. Virtual students finished the week by presenting themselves for an online mock interview with the National Careers Institute.
As a result of seeking Work Experience places, some of our students have been offered ongoing part-time work and we expect these numbers to grow by the end of the program. Each student was contacted by a staff member, either by phone or in person, to speak to both the employer and student to ascertain how the student was coping in the world of work. Students also completed a log book as a way of reflecting on their Work Experience and employers completed an assessment of the student, which will be included in their end of year report.
Our Year 10 students are to be commended for their initiative to seek out Work Experience in these challenging times and the Careers team hopes they have enjoyed and benefited from their week.