Bunnings Real-Life Learning

To provide real-life learning opportunities for students in partnership with a local business.

Partnership Members:
• 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

Next Steps
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.

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    Gateway Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN) is one 31 Victorian LLENs. The goal of the LLENs is to improve outcomes for young people, 10 – 19 years old, by increasing opportunities for their participation, attainment and successful transitions in education, training or employment. Gateway LLEN encompasses the local government areas of Whitehorse, Manningham and Monash and works with key stakeholders within these communities.

    Street Address: 1030 Whitehorse Road Box Hill 3128, Victoria Australia

    Postal Address: PO Box 383 Box Hill 3128, Victoria Australia

    Email: gateway@gatewayllen.com.au