On Tuesday 30th May 2017, year 9 students from Wyong High School visited the site of one of the biggest supplier of breakfast cereals in the Southern Hemisphere, Sanitarium Health and Wellbeing organisation. They met with key employees working within the Food Science, IT and Manufacturing departments of Sanitarium.
The visit aligned with their P-TECH electives – which include a Certificate III in information Technology; Food Science & Technology, being introduced in 2018 for year 10 students at Wyong High School.
The visit highlighted practical application of the student’s current study unit of “The World of Work – Linking Learning to Life” which has been designed to guide students in preparing for the workforce. The unit advises students on resume writing as well as introducing employability skills and non-technical skills such as communication, teamwork and collaborative learning for the year 9 cohort.
At the site, the students were introduced to Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing where they were able to understand different career paths ventured by each presenter, and how there are a wide variety and wealth of experience in each department. The presenters included teams from recruitment, management, IT, sensory & analytical, and product development.
The different teams spoke about working collaboratively within the organisation to ensure that Sanitarium products are delivered to supermarket shelves for all to enjoy, as well as divulging their personal career journeys. Presenters spoke about the different career pathways available such as VET and certificate level qualifications, “I enjoyed learning about people’s journeys and how they got there.” Said Marissa, a Year 9 student at Wyong High School about her contact with the different Sanitarium presenters and their stories.
The visit was a successful insight into the jobs and functions of different careers within an organisation and exposed the students of Wyong High School to the plethora of career pathways available through vocational education, as well as the collaborative aspects of the working industry.
The P-TECH pilot is funded by the Australian Government, which has engaged the Skilling Australia Foundation to manage the program. The P-TECH pilot at Wyong High School is supported by the local community and NSW Government.