Career skills learned

May 30, 2018

Taylah Lindrea, Imogen Short (staff member) and Kim Martin from Wanganui Park Secondary College with resident Cynthia Poole.

Wanganui Park Secondary College students yesterday attended Kialla Gardens Village in Shepparton as part of an educational visit.

School teacher Andrew Nicholls said the 17 Year 11 students were studying work-related skills as part of their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning subjects.

He said the purpose of the visit was for students to be exposed to different pathways and gain an understanding of what options were available for future employment.

‘‘We’re trying to get them out into the local businesses so that they can see what job opportunities exist,’’ Mr Nicholls said.

Kialla Gardens Village care manager David Shipston provided the students an opportunity to tour Banksia Lodge, where they met some of the residents and heard from staff members.

The students were also given the opportunity to ask questions.

Kialla Gardens Village human resources adviser Ellen Bekkers encouraged the students by assuring them there was not just one path to achieving their career goals.

‘‘If you’ve got a goal, go for it, it doesn’t matter how you get there,’’ she said.

Mr Nicholls said the visit was an initiative of Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project which aimed to link young people with employment opportunities.

He said the school also had a group of students who visited Ken Muston Automotive in Shepparton for the same purpose of finding what career pathway they might be interested in pursuing.

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