To provide real-life learning opportunities for students in partnership with a local business.
• Bunnings Northland
• Templestowe College
Context and Goals
Working with key stakeholders, Gateway LLEN identified the need to improve opportunities for young people in the Manningham region to access real-life learning experiences and comprehensive career information via school business partnerships.
The Partnership’s Approach
To best utilise the resources available from Bunnings Northland and to enable Templestowe College real-life learning opportunities that could be embedded in their Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) curriculum, phase one of the partnership involved an incursion, whereby the Bunnings recruitment team visited students at Templestowe College. This experience was then consolidated by student work placement at Bunnings Northland, whereby in groups of four – five, students had a week of work experience each.
“I enjoyed it because it was very different. I went because it was a project in our VCAL class for Work Related skills. It was a change from my other work experience job and has helped me improve my chances of finding employment. In conclusion it was a good experience.”
Student, Daniel V.
• Supported access to real-life learning opportunities
• Development of work readiness skills in participating students
• Improved access to career and pathway information
• Development of curriculum that satisfies the needs of industry and students
This program has been responsible for imbedding real-life learning programs into the school curriculum.
Support from the Partnership Broker
“The gap between the need to think and act interdependently and our ability to do so sits at the heart of the most difficult problems we face today. A sustainable world will only be possible by thinking differently – by learning to see the larger systems … and by fostering collaboration across every imaginable boundary.”
The Necessary Revolution, Peter Senge.