Year 10 is an important time for students as they prepare to decide about future career options and decide on subject selection choices for Years 11 and beyond. Our Lady of Mercy College recognises this and offers a chance for its students to gain direct industry experience through the Workplace Learning elective and Work Experience week in Term 2.
Saman Babaie (Year 10) is maximising the benefit of gaining industry knowledge by participating in the Year 10 Workplace Learning elective for Semester 1. He has been attending a weekly placement with Central Garage in Collie, learning about automotive servicing and auto-electrical trade pathways. Plus, gaining direct hands-on practical skills and knowledge.
When the Career Services team visited Central Garage, Saman was using these practical skills to assist with a vehicle fit-out for automotive electrical cabling. He was able to complete these tasks with guidance from his workplace supervisor, who was pleased with his fantastic work ethic and his ability to take the initiative.
Saman chatted with the Career Services Team about his enjoyment of gaining real-world learning and problem-solving skills linked to installing equipment and fixing vehicles.
He is considering studying Vocational Education & Training (VET) courses in Year 11 that will further develop his employability skills. He will be able to access this training whilst remaining a student at Our Lady of Mercy College.
The College is very grateful to Central Garage for supporting our Workplace Learning program.
Please get in touch with the Career Services Team if you would like to learn more about Workplace Learning and opportunities to study Vocational Education and Training courses for Secondary School Students in Years 11 and 12.