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Year 10 Work Experience Provides Valuable Real-World Learning

During Week 10 of Term 2, Year 10 students from Our Lady of Mercy College participated in a practical work experience placement. This opportunity proved valuable in allowing students to explore a variety of industries and gain insight into the responsibilities required in a workplace.

Our Lady of Mercy College currently supports our largest cohort of Year 10 students, and this was met with a significant increase in engagement between local businesses and organisations, with 119 employers across the South West region, Geraldton and Perth hosting our students.

When asked to reflect on their week in the workplace, 94% of students surveyed enjoyed their placement with 64% looking to link a career to the industry they were engaged in. The College was proud to also learn that 36% of students were offered some form of employment by their host employer following their placement.

College Careers and Vocational Education and Training (VET) staff visited students in the workplace during their placement to speak with them and their supervisors/mentors.

A sample of the feedback from our students is below:

I enjoyed learning more about Human Resources and the different roles there are in HR. I also enjoyed working with the people I was with and doing various activities in communications, HR, Admin, HR Business Partners and more.” Jemma Swadel, Inpex (Perth)

“I enjoyed finding out about different arteries and bones in the body that are only seen with an ultrasound machine and CT scans. SKG radiology provides a bunch of information and topics to discover.” Luke Fraser, SKG (Bunbury)

I enjoyed it when I was given actual tasks e.g. new home wiring and wiring a shed.” Luke Blair, Nixon Electrics (Bunbury)

“I learnt how to deal with other people around me and working as a team with them. I found sport and science activities enjoyable.” Angus Gibb, Glen Huon Primary School (Eaton)

“I enjoyed being able to see what chemical engineering actually is and how different it is from what is described on the internet. It also helped that I was able to do site visits and actually see what a day in the life of an engineer may be like. I learnt many new things and was able to grasp bigger terms.” Elijah Hehir, Gexcon (Perth)

“I enjoyed being able to have an insight into what pharmacy is really like and learning about the man different types of medication. Anne Epiro, Harvey Pharmacy (Harvey)

“I enjoyed working with all the staff and kids. It was really fun to take care of the kids and attend to their needs and confirmed for me on what I want to do for my future career.” Jordyn Edwards-Beazley, Brilliant Beginnings (Australind)

“I enjoyed the placement because I got to work with others that also had a passion for cars and performance vehicles.” George Pierce, Australind Automatics (Australind)

Likewise, our students made a lasting impression on their host employers:

“Lincoln was a model work experience candidate! His performance has been well above our expectations, and his prospects for future work are very positive.” Matt Denham, Beyond Games and Hobby (Bunbury)

“Alain stands out amongst our previous work experience students, his conscientiousness and enthusiasm towards tasks and humble nature, combined with his openness to query, make him well placed for a successful career within the high-performance engineering industry. Thanks Alain, and all the best for the future.” Shane Mowday, JMD Engineering (Bunbury)

“It was an absolute pleasure having Adi. She was always friendly, polite and considerate in her interaction with staff and clients. Adi contributed to long-term projects and enabled completion of it. We are thankful for her willingness and kind, positive attitude this past week. All the best for your future!” E. Le Roux, SPOTS Therapy for Children (Bunbury)

“Flynn is a quiet achiever and demonstrated enthusiasm and willingness to learn. Flynn learned how to use both AutoCAD and Inventor (CAD 3D modelling software) and was able to produce 2D drawings and 3D models. Flynn showed a respectful attitude and we wish him all the best with his future studies and career path choice.” Lindsay Barnard, RCR Mining Technologies (Bunbury)

“A very impressive young man. Trent was a pleasure to have here.” Ashley Sims, Tint City – Sign City WA (Bunbury)

“It was a pleasure having Sarah at Skin and Body Co. She is an enthusiastic and positive person. Sarah consistently shows initiative, she thinks ahead and asked helpful questions. The entire team have enjoyed her presence. We will miss her as she has helped us out significantly.” Bronaugh Bos, Skin and Body Co. (Eaton)

“It was an excellent experience to have Jenell here this week. Her initiative, software utilisation, pc skills, creativity and enthusiasm to jump in and give everything a go is very much appreciated.” Dani Hewton, Next Gen Wellness (Australind)

We are sincerely grateful for the developing partnerships between Our Lady of Mercy College and local businesses and would like to thank all of them for their generous support in providing placements for our students. We would also like to acknowledge their staff who assisted and mentored our students – their time and effort has contributed to a rich and meaningful learning experience.

We wish to acknowledge the contribution and support from the following businesses:

A1 Appliance Centre

ABN Group

Adonia Hair Studio

Advance Speech PLUS+

Annie's Angels Play and Development Centre

Anytime Fitness

Ausquip Industries

Australind Automatics

Australind Essential Grooming

Australind Mobile Mechanic

BCE Surveying

BES Electrical Solutions WA Pty Ltd

Beyond Games and Hobby

Body Firming and Beauty

Bridgestone Select Tyre & Auto

Brilliant Beginnings

Brunswick Welding and Mechanical Solutions

BTS Solutions Pty Ltd

Buckingham Quality Butchers

Bunbury Cycles

Bunbury Drive-In Chemist

Bunbury Geotechnical & Laboratory Services

Bunbury Primary School

BVA Metal Fabrications

Cafe Merchant

Carbone Bros.

Central News Bunbury

CJD Equipment

Dolphin Discovery Centre

Down South Doggy Daycare

Eaton Community Pharmacy - AMCAL

Eaton Dental Centre

Eaton Pet Vet

Eaton Recreation Centre

Evedon Lakeside Retreat

Fulton Hogan Industries

Garfields Learnaversity Childcare

Gelorup Electrical Services

GENX Engineering


Glen Huon Primary School

Goodstart Early Learning Australind

Green Being Eco Store

Harradine & Associates

Harvey Farm Service

Harvey Pharmacy

Harvey Primary School

Harvey Tyrepower

Headspace Bunbury

Hussh Body and Soul Day Spa


Inspired Results Coaching

J & Co Hair Studio

Jaliel Cleaning Co.

JMD Engineering

JSW Training and Community Services

Kent Lyon Architect

Leschenault Catholic Primary School

Little Explorers Early Learning

Mad Cycles

Max's Kennel Club

Melo Velo Bunbury

Milestones Early Learning

MN Accounting & Bookkeeping

Monadelphous Group

MSC Construction WA

Next Gen Wellness

Nixon Electrics

NV Engineering Pty Ltd

Online Childcare – Bushkids

Opposite Lock

Our Lady of Mercy College

Outloud Developmental

Parkfield Primary School

Pet City

Pharmacy 777

Physio Group South West - Collie

Physio Group South West - Harvey

Piacentini & Son

Premier Coal Limited

Professionals DAD Realty Australind

RCR Mining Technologies

Redwood Wealth Alliance

Rental Management Australia

Rethink Marketing

Riverlinks Child Care Centre

Roblynne Holsteins Dairy Farm

Roesner Pty Ltd

Scout About Doggie Day Care and Pet Care

Simcoa Operations

SKG Radiology

Skin & Body Collective

Smalls Bar

Solutions IT

South West Wellbeing Centre

South West Yamaha

Spartan Landscaping and Paving

SPOTS Therapy For Children

Spudshed Australind

St Anne's Primary School

Stantil Engineering

Stockman Holden

The Coffee Club Eaton Fair

The Nest Southwest

Thorpey's Painting

Tint City - Sign City WA

Treendale Primary School

Trek Fabrication

Tronox Pigments Australind

Truck & Machine Pty Ltd

Truck Centre WA - Bunbury

Turtle Cove Central

Unsunk Funk

VDW Electrical

Vivid Style

WA Strata Management

World Gym Bunbury

Worsley South 32

Yappy Days Doggy Daycare


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