Sixteen students from both Airds and Eagle Vale High Schools recently participated in a Work Inspiration program featuring industry visits designed to stimulate their interest in industries and careers that they may not have considered, or had knowledge of.
Work Inspiration is an employer-led campaign aiming to ensure that young Australian’s first experience of the world of work is meaningful and inspiring.
It is a framework for the career development of young people and involves a combination of hands-on experiences, career conversations between students and adults in the workforce and student’s reflections and feedback.
Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) and the Department of Education and Communities (DEC) recently joined forces with industry associations and their employer members for the inaugural Macarthur Industry Engagement – Work Inspiration Project.
Local employer Macarthur Frames and Trusses was keen to be a part of the program. It is a family owned and run business, having been established since 1982. Owner/Manager Debbie Bourke said “As soon as we heard about the program we were keen to participate. It’s a great program that helps young people have more focus on their career paths. They get to know what jobs are available and we are able to give them an insight into our industry.”
Isaac Rodrigeuz, an Eagle Vale Year 10 High School Student said “I enjoyed finding out about different industries and seeing what they do and what it is like to work at those companies. It was great to get some hands-on experience when we were cutting glass at the TAFE.”
Nadine Hakes, an Airds High Year 9 Student added “Work Inspiration gave me an idea of how things are made in the Manufacturing Industry and has given me lots of options to think about. I enjoyed seeing all the businesses and it was interesting to see what they did.”
Heather White – Senior Pathways Officer from the DEC said MWLP – Linking Youth was instrumental in connecting industry, business and education stakeholders to make this possible. “It was wonderful to see the program in action and the level of participation from all stakeholders.”
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