CAMPASPE Shire Council teamed up with the Echuca Specialist School during 2017 to develop and deliver a work experience program.
The aim was to increase confidence and provide an understanding of how activities are undertaken in a public setting. Economic and community development general manager Keith Oberin said the development program was a great opportunity for the students to obtain hands-on experience through the delivery of basic tasks in the community.
“Council was pleased to provide a venue for the students to join forces with Port of Echuca Discovery Centre staff to carry out the 14 week program of general hand duties,” he said.
Under the guidance of the port maintenance officer, tasks completed included gardening, raking of leaves, sweeping and garden design.
“The program has proved a great success and links with our organisation’s values of being customer focused and supporting teamwork,” Mr Oberin said.
Echuca Specialist School’s Rhiannon Veal said staff at the school had noticed a substantial increase in student’s confidence and that they were very enthusiastic about the program.
“Our students enjoyed working with the team at the port and were made to feel very welcome,’’ she said.
‘‘We are keen to continue this amazing opportunity in 2018.
“It’s a real pleasure working with council staff and we can’t thank them enough for this opportunity.’’