COLLIE Senior High School (CSHS) and The Smith Family have teamed up to provide a unique insight into the local government.
Last month, a group of Year 8, 9 and 10 students, through the charity’s Work Inspiration program, conducted work experience alongside over 30 members of the Shire of Collie.
The students asked each person questions about their lives, career pathways and work in the council, learning about qualities and qualifications needed in community organisations.
Students were tasked with creating powerpoint presentations, covering one Shire representative of their choice, and presenting to members of the Shire, school and Department of Education – South West Region representatives.
Each presentation featured topics including the representative’s career path, information about their current job, favourite quotes and advice they would give to their 14-year-old selves.
Department of education – South West Region training and industry liaison Marina Johns said the opportunity helped participants become interested in future community and career pathways.
“The Shire of Collie has given a great opportunity – work experience with over 30 different staff about career pathways and jobs,” she said.
CSHS teacher John Williamson said the program, in its first year, has provided numerous opportunities for future employees.
“It’s brilliant, given kids a variety of jobs in the Shire of Collie and opened them up to how many different careers and pathways, they now know what is available locally,” he said.
Mr Williamson said the school was looking to participate in the program next year and build on its successes.
The Smith Family Western Australia general manager Lorna Woodley said the initiative aimed to provide students with ideas before they entered the workforce.
“Work Inspiration is all about showing students what their futures could look like well before they finish school,” she said.
“Working together with organisations like the Shire of Collie, we can provide young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the skills, resources and networks they need for employment.”