Work Placement helps develop respite care at Cherrybrook Village

Work Placement provides students with varied experiences in the industry they’re studying, solidifying their classroom knowledge and helping them learn new relevant skills. For a group of over 10 students at Cherrywood Village in Llandilo, this involved working across a large site to prepare different areas for newly developing respite care. Students from Chifley College, Evans High School, Wyndham College, Mitchell High School and Jamison High School did tasks in different areas including preparing garden beds, trimming hedges, clearing the driveway of mud and cleaning out the interior rooms.

Host Glenn Mulligan highlighted the importance of keeping the large group of work placement students occupied with different tasks throughout the week and giving them incentives to get the job done. “We’re doing lunch for them on Friday,” he explained. “It gives them a reason to come back.” Work Placement student young people learning work skills

Cherrywood Village has been operating as a residence with a variety of services for disabled people since it opened in 1968. Owned by organisation AFFORD, the work currently being undertaken is a revitalisation of some of the facilities, as well as a development of new adult respite care. This will provide opportunities for a change of scenery for many people as well as a day off for their carers or family. Those who book in for respite care at Cherrywood Village will have lots of opportunities to engage in fun and different activities like gardening, creating artwork or simply relaxing by the pool.

Students who spent the week at Cherrywood Village were undertaking a compulsory placement for their Construction discipline. For all students who study a VET subject in Year 11 and Year 12, they have to do 70 hours of work placement in their industry. This helps them understand the application of the knowledge they’re learning in class, as well as gain practical skills as a step into their studied industry.

Work Placement student young people learning work skills

VET subjects serve as an excellent capture of what it’s like to work in a certain area and help young people make more informed choices about their career and future. For many students, their work placements teach them more than they could learn in the classroom. For the work placement students who worked at Cherrywood Village, their work will have a lasting impact not only for them but for the lives of many.

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Careers with Maths magazine a big hit

On Thursday, May 4th, some representatives from Schools Industry Partnership attended the launch of Refraction Media’s latest career magazine, Careers with Maths. The event was a wonderful and engaging discussion around the importance of maths education and how we can be engaging young people so they gain the skills and passion for maths that are necessary for the current career climate.

One of the guest speakers, Thomas O’Donahoo of HSC resource Atomi highlighted the importance of supporting young people in learning maths, saying “maths is a key skill in any career you choose. We need to better support students that are struggling.”

Careers with Maths magazine is a new STEM Magazine resource produced by Refraction Media, following the success of their existing magazines; Careers with Science, Careers with Health, Careers with Code and Careers with Engineering. You can read online copies of past issues, order your own physical copies and find more online resources for Careers with STEM on their website.

Read more about Refraction Media and their Careers with Maths magazine on Mumbrella, and check out the live stream of the panel discussion on their Facebook page.