FOR many years, John Tonkin College Education Support Centre (JTCESC) has partnered with many local businesses in the Mandurah area for students to complete their Workplace Learning.
Woolworths Centro Mandurah and Hot Klobba are just two of the many companies to support the program.
Zac Lucas has completed his work experience at both businesses and through his good work ethic, willingness to learn, being polite and professional, has been offered part-time work at both businesses.
For the past year, Zac has worked at Hot Klobba three days a week and Woolworths one day and his employers have given him opportunities to learn new tasks and work independently.
He has focused on the employability skills of communication, planning and organising, teamwork, self management, technology initiative and enterprise and safety and health.
JTCESC is grateful to the many employers who volunteer their time to help develop the skills of students with disabilities.
The personal growth and confidence gained through the workplace learning program is invaluable and gives each student a good grounding for post-school options, being employed or further study.
The majority of students at JTCESC participate in the Workplace Learning Program that runs over two terms.
Students are placed in business within the Peel region, either independently or with support, for one day a week to gain experience in the real world of work and get on-the-job training.
Their Tafe courses in retail, hospital or construction allow them to put into practice the skills learned.
JTCESC is always looking for new businesses to be a workplace learning provider and the co-ordinators would appreciate a call from anyone wishing to support the school.