Indigenous Student Rail Authority Industry Visit
Future Connect aims to connect young people with real world industry experience as part of their pathway preparation to the world of work. There are many employers with targeted programs to support young indigenous people. In September 2019 Future Connect partnered with the Brimbank/Melton Department of Education KESO (Koorie Engagement and Support Officer) and the Rail Authority Academy to provide an industry experience visit to the Rail Academy at the Newport Rail site. Indigenous students from Kurunjang Secondary College and Staughton Secondary College attended on the day where they were hosted by an Indigenous employee from the Rail Academy that provided the students with a lived experience briefing of the Authority's Aboriginal employment program.
Activities for the day included:
- Hands on activities in Track Building and maintenance
- Virtual reality experience viewing the daily work of Rail line maintenance employees
- Briefing on employment pathways and opportunities in the rail Industry from current employees
This industry visit gave the students an understanding of the breadth of career opportunities within the industry as well as the experience of meeting real workers from the rail industry and engaging in conversations with them about workplace practices.