It’s official – the first Melbourne Work and University Experience Week was a huge success!
A select group of Clontarf senior students from Bairnsdale, Mildura, Robinvale, Swan Hill and Warrnambool academies in Victoria travelled to the big smoke for a university and work experience extravaganza.
The week aimed to provide attendees with insight into what it’s like to live, work and study in Melbourne.
The trip kicked off with a two-day immersive experience with Clontarf partner, Swinburne University. Academy members were exposed to several tertiary pathways through drone and robotic workshops, sustainability sessions and a visit to the trade discovery centre at Swinburne’s Wantirna Campus. The group also met with students studying physiotherapy, 3D design and film/TV, learned about the support provided to Indigenous students, and enjoyed a visit to Richmond Football Club.
The rest of the week saw academy members engaged in work experience with a range of Clontarf partners including Ampol, Bunnings, Australia Post, Compass Group, Fulton Hogan, Gilead Sciences, Protech, Reece Group and TLA Worldwide.
Upon completion, the boys presented back to their host partners where they shared their experiences and what they had learned in their respective roles.
At the conclusion of the trip, Clontarf staff, students, partners and alumni came together to celebrate the week with dinner and an evening of footy at the MCG.
With extremely positive feedback from students, staff and partners alike, the foundation has been laid for the event to become a staple on the Victorian Clontarf calendar.
Clontarf would like to thank Swinburne University for opening the doors to our boys, the ADF for hosting academy members and partners for dinner, and all partners who provided such worthwhile work experience opportunities. The next group of boys can’t wait for 2023!