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Celebrating 150 Local Businesses for Providing Real-World Learning Opportunities


Our Lady of Mercy College Career Services staff have been visiting businesses in the region that have supported the following College programs:

  • Workplace Learning

  • Year 10 Work Experience 

  • Vocational Education & Training Industry Hours for VETDSS Certificate courses

To show our gratitude, the team have been dropping off a Christmas card and thank you gift to each business, acknowledging their contribution to providing real-world learning experiences for our students. 

Throughout the year, we have worked closely with 150 host businesses that have provided students with placements.

Please scroll down to see a list of the generous businesses that have supported our students on their learning journeys.

Workplace Learning and Year 10 Work Experience – Learning on the job!

2023 has presented our students with some excellent opportunities to learn and explore jobs and careers through Workplace Learning and Work Experience programs. We have also seen students access traineeships and apprenticeships as a result of their hard work in those programs.

Year 10 Work Experience was highly valued by our students and they provided some fantastic feedback on their placements. Olivia Mumme (Year 10) summed up the value of her experience:

"Year 10 Work Experience in 2023 was AWESOME!! For my work experience, I rotated through various health-related careers within the EarBus Foundation. I saw it as trying the free samples at the Farmers Market - I got to have a taste of each career and what they had to offer. On my first day, I observed a surgeon as he gave referrals at SWAMS. 

I was lucky enough to spend my next two days at Djidi Djidi Aboriginal School, where I mainly assisted with EarBus activities to help the children's hearing. I especially enjoyed my time at the school. I learnt a LOT, not only about health-related careers but also culturally too. I got to sing a Noongar version of 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,' which was just so beautiful. Seeing children have the ability to connect to their culture was probably my favourite part. 

Next, I got to assist with newborn baby screening. The babies were only a few hours old, and they were such cuties. On my last day, I got to explore work at a physiotherapy clinic, which was so much fun; I even participated in a Pilates class, which I've seen middle-aged women do on the internet! It was... eventful, and I think it's a fun way to stay fit! I am super grateful for my experience and very thankful to both Mr Briers and his legendary team, as well as EarBus, for having me. No amount of Farmers Market free samples compare to the true taste I had in Work Experience to help with my career."

This year, our students have completed 7,353 hours of Work Placement within the Years 10 – 12 Workplace Learning programs. We had 83 students engaged in these programs, with a breakdown of 42 Year 10 students, 27 Year 11 students and 14 Year 12 students.

For the Year 10 students, the program provides them with valuable experiences that will also assist them with subject selection and study options for Year 11.

112 Year 10 students participated in the Year 10 Work Experience week in Term 2. Collectively, they completed approximately 3,000 hours of work experience during the week.

Without the valued assistance and support of the local business community our students would not have had the opportunity to learn about the fantastic career opportunities available to them. 

This is some of the feedback from our Year 10 students who participated in the program:

“I enjoyed having my independence. The environment I was around was fun and very welcoming, not only for the children being tutored but also for me as a work experience student.”  Ashlyn

“I really enjoyed my work placement and learning new skills in working with young kids. I enjoyed making connections and relationships with the kids and helping them through the week in social activities, learning and trying new things.” Zoe

Students also spoke about the skills they developed during the placement:

“During my work experience, I have learnt that communication is key to a healthy environment. Working with children made me think and make decisions faster. I learnt that being nervous is completely normal which has made me less nervous.” Alexandra

“Communication, planning and organising, and initiative.” Emmasyn

We strongly encourage Year 9 students moving into Year 10 in 2024, to start contacting businesses to start organising a placement for Week 10 of Term 2. 


The College looks forward to further developing strong relationships within our community and providing opportunities for our students to engage in real-world learning experiences in the future.

For more information on Workplace Learning and Year 10 Work Experience week, please contact the Career Services Team.


We are very grateful to the following host employers for providing our students with industry-based learning placements in 2023:

Allanson Primary School

Allure Beauty

Amaroo Primary School

Annie's Angels Play and Development Centre

Arise Racing

Aspire Physiotherapy

Ausquip Industries

Australind Dental Centre

Australind Essential Grooming

Australind Mobile Mechanic

Australind Primary School

Barry Allen Electrical Services

BCE Surveying

Beer Industries Group

Bell Fire Equipment Company Pty Ltd

Bengineering Transport Equipment

BESC Engineering Electrical

Boulevard Café

Brilliant Beginnings Childcare

Brunswick Electrical Services (BES)

Bunbury Flying School

Bunbury Physiotherapy Centre

Bunbury Tyrepower

Bunnings Australind

BVA Metal Fabrications


Central Garage

Chemwise Australind Pharmacy

CJD Equipment

Coalfields Museam Collie

Collie Garden Centre

Dale Alcock Homes

Dalyellup Primary School

Dalyellup Vet Clinic

Danny Pangrazio

Dardanup Primary School

DBCA's Parks & Wildlife Service - Wellington District

Dentistry on Marlston

Department of Mines, Industry Regulation & Safety

Diesel Force

Dolphin Discovery Centre

Down South Doggy Daycare

Earbus Foundation of WA

Eaton & Bunbury Vet Clinic

Eaton Dental Centre

Eaton Hair Salon

Eaton Primary School

Ekera Dental Pty Ltd T/A Forrest Avenue Dental Centre

Elite Fabrication

Express Print

Fiegert Electrical & Communication

Ford & Doonan Air Conditioning


Fresh Floral Studio

GENX Engineering

Glen Huon Primary School

Goodstart Early Learning Eaton

GR Electrical

GT Fabrication

Guardians of Happiness

Harley Dykstra Planning & Survey Solutions

Harper Street Bakery

Harradine & Associates

Harrisons Southwest

Hotweld Fabrication

Hussh Body and Soul Day Spa

Ian Guppy & Co Smash Repairs

IB & J Orr Pty Ltd

Inclusive Minds Tutoring

J&CO Hair Studio

J&H Fielder Plumbing

Kent Lyon Architect

Kev's Country Meats

Kidz Cottage

Kingston Primary School

Leaps and Bounds Preschool

Leschenault Catholic Primary School

Little Explorers Early Learning


Mainline Plumbing

Max's Kennel Club

McDonald's Eaton

McDonald's Treendale

MCG Architects

Millards Bunbury

Monadelphous Engineering Associates



Nixon Electrics

Orontide Engineering Bunbury

PA and DR Piavanini

Parkfield Primary School

Perth Wake Park

Pete's Collie

Petstock Vet

Physio Group South West - Australind

Physiotherapy Posture & Pilates

Piacentini & Son

Picton Civil

Pinners Electrical Service

Plumbers & Gasfitters Bunbury

Professionals DAD Realty Australind

RCR Mining Technologies

Redyaz Field Services

Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Harvey

Riverlinks Childcare Centre

Scope Industrial Automation

Scout About Doggie Day Care and Pet Care

Shire of Dardanup

Shire of Waroona

Simcoa Operations

SKG Radiology

South 32 Worsley Alumina

South West Fire

South West Women's Health & Information Centre

Southern Ports

Sportmarine Boat Centre

Spudshed Australind

St Anne's Primary School

St Brigid's School Collie

St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Matthew's School Narrogin

St Michaels Catholic Primary School

TC Construction

Terry White Chemmart

The Coffee Club Eaton Fair

The Crooked Carrot

The Griffin Coal Mining Company Pty Ltd

The Health Hub at Eaton Fair

Thompson Surveying Consultants

Treendale Primary School

Tronox Pigments Australind

True Revolution Automotive

Two 9 One Design

ValleyView Residence

Verve Landscapes

Vinnies Australind

Vivid Style

WA Country Health Services - South West

WA Police & Community Youth Centres (PCYC)

Water Corporation Bunbury

White Building Company

Whitey's Tackle & Camping

Wholesale Flowers Bunbury

Wilson Park Primary School

WJD Electrical

Wolfe Systems

World Gym Bunbury

Worley Power Services

Yarloop Primary School




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