The opportunity to engage in Workplace Learning has taken a unique turn for a group of Cape Naturaliste College students.
Leading design and construction company, Pindan, is currently on-site building a $23m new project for the Department of Education, providing the opportunity for the students to not only be part of a structured Workplace Learning programme, but also be part of an exciting project at their own school.
Thea Hanley, Workplace Learning Coordinator and Youth Support at Cape Naturaliste College, said “the opportunity for our students to engage in Workplace Learning onsite at their own school has provided a fantastic opportunity for the students to be part of the building project, creating a sense of pride and ownership in the construction process.”
Four Year 10 and 11 students, Chloe Reid, Cooper Winters, Will Fogg and Tajun Lee, were involved in a week long Work Placement in term 3, with another group of students ready to undertake the same opportunity in term 4. Chloe Reid will be continuing her Work Placement every Wednesday and Clayton Towers likewise on Thursdays and Fridays for the rest of the school year.
I have had the best time on placement and I really want to keep working on site with the electrician. It was interesting to be able to see what has to be done at this first stage and I am looking forward to the opportunity to see what the electrician does at each stage of the building.Chloe, Year 11 Student
Pindan has hosted Cape Naturaliste College students for Workplace Learning since 2012 in a wide variety of building and construction trades.
Southwest Construction Manager, Gavin Bell, said “Pindan, along with our sub-contractors, are wholeheartedly committed to providing work placement opportunities over the years and will do into the future.”
We are really proud to be involved in this programme. As the project is multi-faceted, we can provide students with experience across a range of trades, but also the opportunity to work one on one with a contractor from their trade area of interest. Chloe is a great example of that, having spent a lot of her placement with an electrical contractor.Gavin Bell, South West Construction Manager
Gavin added that this project was certainly an extra special one for the students to be involved in.
“I can see the pride in these students getting to work on the early stages of the building process at their own school. It is great to see,” he said.
Pindan is currently building a new design and technology, science & IT, two storey visual arts and health buildings as well as refurbishing the cafeteria, health education building and student services area and expanding the sports playing courts and carpark in three separate stages for the College
Thea Hanley said Pindan’s long term commitment to the programme was wonderful.
“Pindan has always shown a readiness and preparedness to provide opportunities for our students and we are very grateful,” she said.