Kwinana Industry Council project equips students

KIC iDiversity Project students during their day tour at Fremantle Port and the Leeuwin II.
KIC iDiversity Project students during their day tour at Fremantle Port and the Leeuwin II.

THE KIC iDiversity Project has been an adventure and confidence booster for a group of 14 students from seven local high school education support centres.

The students graduated from the five-day program that involved them stepping outside their schoolyards and into the Kwinana industrial area.

The aim of the program is to engage students with industry in an effort to build a diverse workforce.

Selected students had the opportunity to visit different KIC companies and learn about their business and operations.

KIC director Chris Oughton said the program opened doors of opportunity for so many local students.

“It’s all part of growing that connection with the community in terms of students becoming aware of what industry is all about and the careers it has to offer,” he said.

Students visited the Alcoa Kwinana Refinery and Fremantle Ports where participants watched the Leeuwin II sail back into Fremantle Port . They also did work experience with host employers.

There were also team building, confidence, self-esteem and public speaking workshops as well as support with compiling and presenting a professional resume. Parent Elisa Campbell said after attending the project, her daughter Chelsea applied for a job, went for an interview and starts her new job soon.

Mr Oughton said the task was now on to enlist a new group of students for the iWOMEN Project, which will be the next of the iProjects in 2016. For more information call 9419 1855 or email Debbie.hoey@kic.org.au.