This month we ran our third program focused on the Shepparton region. We partnered with Shepparton's four public secondary schools through the Better Together Alliance to run a 'work experience camp' in Melbourne for thirty-four students.
Students performed independent projects at their 15 different workplaces, in areas including law, medical research, architecture and design.
Chelsea, who spent the week with the Fair Work Commission, told us how she developed throughout the week:
"My confidence definitely developed and my ability to meet and make conversation with new people. I also learnt computer skills using new applications I hadn't used before e.g outlook and making a spreadsheet.
At first I was really nervous and even a little worried about what this experience was going to be like. However after just one day on the camp I was having a great time and was really happy throughout the rest of camp. Every aspect of the camp from the hotel socialising with other students to the work itself was amazing. I learnt i love law and politics and I'm smarter enough to achieve working in a profession around these areas I just need to believe and work hard".
The project was made possible thanks to support from the Fairley Foundation, the Sentinel Foundation and V/Line. We are also very grateful to the teachers who supported us in coordinating the camp and who accompanied the students to Melbourne for the week.
Thank you to the following workplaces who participated in the project: Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific, Maurice Blackburn, Fair Work Commission, Elenberg Fraser, Victorian Bar, Victorian Law Reform Commission, Allens, Crumpler, Department of Justice (Vic), Metier3, Publicis, Mathspathway Royal Melbourne Hospital, Monash Diabetes Research.
You can play a slide show of some of our photos below: