All Aboard the Bus in a bid to Connect

Dec 6, 2011    


MWLP – Linking Youth, works with local business, community and schools to help students explore the world of work and be better equipped for life.

They have been established in the Macarthur region for some 15 years.

Recently their Partnership Broker team organized a one day bus tour to Showcase Local Talent.

Business leaders, representatives from group training organizations and apprenticeship centres, local politicians and the media attended.

The aim of the day was to promote the potential of graduating high school students, and link them to the wider community, and possible work, or further educational opportunities.

It was also designed to raise awareness, and provide the platform for school community partnerships to grow.

The bus tour included visits to Camden, Elderslie and Eagle Vale High Schools.

There were many highlights of the day:

Meeting schools captains and students and discussing the work on display that featured some amazing art, textiles, photography and wood work.

It soon became apparent that the calibre of talent of Macarthur’s youth is simply outstanding.

Guests were given tours of the schools hands on areas, including the metals, wood work, art, hospitality and agriculture facilities.

The tour group was also treated to some exceptional cuisine; produced by students and teachers. Guests sampled Indian and Italian food – showcasing some of the cultural groups that are a part of school life, and our wider community.

Visitors got to pat lambs, view students managing show cattle, and observe drama, music and dance performances.

Vital networking took place and the students were proud to be the focus of the day.

Feedback was excellent.

Guests thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to visit their local high schools, and meet some very gifted young people.

There were, and will continue to be, many brilliant outcomes, including

  • Possible School Based Apprenticeships & Traineeships
  • Interviews for jobs
  • Hospitality & Construction employment opportunities
  • Even the offer of assistance to any students wishing to start up their own small business
  • Meetings with Career Advisers & Transition Advisers, and
  • Partnerships will be created to work on projects with the schools and students

Comments from just some of the businesses attending were:

“It was rewarding to meet students and hear their plans for employment and how we might help”

“We developed some very good links”

“The day gave me a really insightful perspective on how each school has different issues, requirements and how we can support them”

“It was a unique opportunity to connect to the workforce of the future”

In summary it, simply, was a great day.

Details: 4625 1863