About the Project
Warringa Park School in Hoppers Crossing is one of 5 schools from across North West Melbourne engaged by CTS to participate in the School Community Partnership Pilot Project. It was intended that each pilot project would run for at least 12 months and involve a whole of community approach to broadening opportunities for post school transitions and parental and family engagement.
The overarching aim of the project is to enable the school community, local community services and industry to collaborate and create more opportunities for students to engage in work and alternative post school options. It is hoped that this will lead to:
• Improved school- post school outcomes into open employment, further education and community participation
• An increase in the level of parental engagement in student learning
The Project at Warringa Park
WynBay LLEN has been instrumental in supporting the brokering of relationships with local industry providers to expose Warringa Park students to a range of work experience, tours, and community initiatives with Rail Systems Victoria, Werribee Bunnings and Cummins.
In August 2014, the Warringa Park School Action Team members met with representatives of The Rail Skills Centre Victoria to explore potential opportunities for students.
As a result, 5 students from Warringa Park School joined ten mainstream schools in a week-long orientation program at the Rail Industry Experience Week held at Newport and Southern Cross Station. This opportunity has provided students with exposure to a range of employment opportunities available at Rail Systems Victoria. A highlight for students and teachers was the train driver simulator. Further work experience and traineeships may result for students who attended.