Students in the Workplace

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Ashlee Cusworth at Morrison

Years 11 and 12 students in the ACCESS pathway have been out in the workplace over the past few weeks, connecting learning to life, while gaining on-the-job experience and valuable insight into what their future career could be like.

Across a range of industries including education, health, fashion, sport and marketing, the girls have been learning what it’s like to be in the workforce. For some, this may be the first time they’ve been in a working environment, for others with part-time jobs, they may already be accustomed to the expectations of the workplace.

These placements provide students with opportunities to experience different industries and to develop work skills while continuing with their education.

In consultation with students, the Access Coordinator locates placements, organises insurance and monitors the eight-day placements, which are completed in blocks throughout the year.

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Jordin Evans in the Community Relations Department at Santa Maria

We asked Maryanne Hughes, Head of Careers & VET about the advantages of this program.
“ACCESS students have the opportunity to experience three different workplaces over the course of the two-year program. This may mean three different industries or three different workplaces in the same industry. It allows the students to firm up, or in some cases, discount the industry area, for their further studies. Students work in real life situations and do far more than work shadow an employer. They are responsible for completion of tasks and are given responsibility to ensure they experience an appropriate work situation.

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Isla Foulk at Uber Caf

We interviewed some of the Year 11 students in the program.

I worked at MercyCare aged care home in Rockingham, where I was helping out the occupational therapists assisting the elderly with daily activities. The best part about the job is getting to see the residents every day, as they always have a smile on their face and loved to have a chat and tell you all their amazing stories. The most challenging thing so far is having to see the very ill residents as they struggle to do certain things on their own and are rather unhappy most of the time due to being ill. In the future, I could definitely see myself working in the aged care industry or anything relating to the health industry as I always love to help people that need it most and I love knowing that I am making someone’s day much better. Bronte Webb

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Paige Jones at Balshaw's Florist

“I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Balshaw’s Florist. My favourite memory was going to InterFlora, a florist wholesale company, where Neil, one of my bosses and I, wandered through five shipping container-size fridges picking out flowers for the store. The only challenge I seemed to face over the past two weeks was creatively based. When creating a flower jar, it’s important to use the spiralling technique to be sure the weight is evenly loaded in the jar. After an abundance of lessons, four attempts at this technique and still no progress, I decided to focus on creating gerbera boxes, skills which matched my abilities. Although an inconvenience, this challenge proved to be nothing, in comparison to the amount of fun I had, and the endless amount of experience I’ve gained during my time at Balshaw’s.” Paige Jones


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Linda Stade
Santa Maria College
Santa Maria College is located in Attadale in Western Australia, 16 km from the Perth CBD. We offer a Catholic education for girls in Years 5 – 12 and have 1300 students, including 152 boarders. Our goal is to assist students to become self-directed and independent learners. Santa Maria College consistently performs well and ranks in the top 10 schools in Perth in terms of median ATAR.
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This article is brought to you by Santa Maria College a WA Catholic Girls Schools – Years 5 – 12

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