Aspire Armadale changing lives of young students


City of Armadale mayor Henry Zelones with Luke Foti.
City of Armadale mayor Henry Zelones with Luke Foti.

A NEW career development program in Armadale is changing the lives of the young students who use it.

Beginning four months ago, the Armadale Aspire workshops are open to high school students from across the area and aims to connect education with industry by helping participants with resume writing, interview techniques and industry excursions.

Byford sixteen-year-old Luke Foti is one local teenagers who, after finishing the six-week City of Armadale program, was given the opportunity to do a week’s work experience at Forrestdale’s Beaver Tree Services.

Luke said he was grateful his teachers had nominated him for the Aspire program as he had learnt a lot.

“I enjoyed going every week, we did something different each time,” he said.

“It has given me more confidence in myself and I believe I can achieve my goals for the future.

“The Aspire Program shows you what local business have to offer in the way of work and training and it gives you an inside look at daily operations and what to expect in certain industries.

“This is extremely important so young people can make informative decisions on their future.”

Beaver Tree Services managing director Paul Harrison said they were looking forward to having more students like Luke do work experience with them in the future.

“(Luke) worked on Albany Highway improvement works, tree removal, pruning and planting, including using the wood chipper,” he said.

“I think it is important for business owners to help train and better prepare students for the work place to help shape the student’s work careers of what they would like to do.”