OVER the past month, 12 students with disability have been working at the Bulli and Corrimal Tourist Parks gaining invaluable work experience, preparing them for the work force.
The Wollongong City Council owned parks have hosted 12 students from Corrimal High School, Keira High School and The Smith St Unit. The Year 9 students were part of the Workers of Wollongong program, which provides work experience for students with disability in different work settings.
Acting Lord Mayor Cr David Brown said the program offers invaluable experience in a variety of work.
“Council’s tourist parks were able to offer a broad range of experiences that will help students further their abilities for work after high school,” Cr Brown said.
During the program students were supervised by both Tourist Park and Department of Education staff to undertake a range of work activities including gardening, washing down of on-site cabins, deep cleaning of barbeques and camp kitchen, restocking of linen in the commercial laundry and consumables in cleaning trollies.
Cr Brown said the students build confidence and self-esteem to attempt new tasks while working in a positive supportive environment. He said they develop a deeper understanding of Workplace Health and Safety and Protective Equipment on a work site and the importance of working effectively as part of a team.
In previous programs students have completed work experience at Fire and Rescue NSW, the RSPCA, Woonona Bulli RSL, Illawarra Yacht Club, Wollongong Golf Club, and Woolworths.
For further information contact Council’s Customer Service Team on (02) 4227 7111.