Pro­gram con­nects stu­dents with jobs

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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

The stu­dents have grad­u­ated from the five-day pro­gram which saw them step out­side of their school­yards and into the Kwinana In­dus­trial Area.

The pro­gram was spon­sored this year by the Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach WA and suc­cess­fully en­gaged stu­dents with industry in an ef­fort to build a di­verse work­force.

KIC di­rec­tor Chris Oughton said the pro­gram con­tin­ued to go from strength to strength ev­ery year and opened the doors of op­por­tu­nity for many stu­dents.

Stu­dents at­tended a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties and site tours, in­clud­ing those held at Al­coa Kwinana Re­fin­ery and Fre­man­tle Ports, where the stu­dents were for­tu­nate enough to watch The Leeuwin II sail back into the port.

The stu­dents also had the op­por­tu­nity to gain work ex­pe­ri­ence on one of the days with a range of host em­ploy­ers in­clud­ing CSBP, Fre­man­tle Ports, Me­dia En­gine, the Sound Tele­graph, Tay­lors En­gi­neer­ing and Coast­care in the KIA.

Elisa Camp­bell, mother of one of this year’s stu­dents, said her daugh­ter Chelsea had gained con­fi­dence dur­ing the pro­gram.

“Last week Chelsea ap­plied for a job, went for an in­ter­view and I would like to share the good news that Chelsea will be com­menc­ing her new job soon,” she said.

Ro­tary Club of Palm Beach WA club pres­i­dent Lau­rie Smith said they were thrilled to be spon­sor­ing the KIC iDIVER­SITY Project.

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.

KIC iDIVER­SITY Project stu­dents watched The Leeuwin II sail back into Fre­man­tle Ports.

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