Students get career ready with relaunch of Armadale Aspire

This year's crop of Armadale Aspire participants.
This year's crop of Armadale Aspire participants.

AFTER a successful pilot year, the Armadale Aspire program relaunched last week with a new crop of 32 high school students.

The seven-week program partners with Armadale high schools to offer a group of Year 10 students more opportunities to develop their careers through workshops and industry excursions.

City of Armadale mayor Henry Zelones said a number of students in last year’s program were successful in getting job interviews and employment because of their involvement in Armadale Aspire.

“The students will meet at the City of Armadale’s administration building once a week for seven weeks, where they will upskill in job interview techniques, develop a resume and cover letter, delve into correct social media use for employment, understand how to identify their skill sets and other critical career-readiness skills,” he said.

“Students will have the opportunity to meet potential employers and tour local businesses including Armadale Shopping City, Armadale Reptile Centre, Beaver Tree Services, Classic Sounds, and Daly and Shaw.

“The program is modelled on the Kwinana Industry Council’s award winning iProjects and connects local education institutes to industries, in a unique way previously not explored in the City of Armadale.”

Southern Hills Christian College’s Skye-Ebonie Abson said she felt “really lucky” to be involved in Armadale Aspire.

“I hope to get out the Aspire Program more confidence in myself and also learn life skills that will actually be helpfully to me in the future,” she said.

Skye-Ebonie Abson (Southern Hills Christian College), Ben McWalter (Roleystone Community College) & Melanie Havea (Cecil Andrew College).

Roleystone Community College’s Ben McWalter agreed.

“I’m excited to be able to see different aspects of the industry within my area, It gives me a different outlook on jobs and prospects,” he said.

“I hope to gain a greater understanding of how to write a resumes, and an outline of how job interviews take place.”

The program will finish with a graduation on August 27.