A key element of our RAP partnership with Balga Senior High School is to provide opportunities to students through work experience.
In 2015, some 16 Balga students carried out work experience with Georgiou in both corporate and site roles.
Balga Senior High School VET Coordinator Abi Paterson recently visited our WA Office to pass on her feedback to the team.
“Last week I visited our Year 10 students who were on work experience in Georgiou’s WA Office,” Ms Paterson explains.
“Yet again, I am in awe of the quality of experience your staff consistently delivers with our students. I saw Shania working with Kristyn in Human Resources, while Jack was with Gavin in IT. Both students were engaged in real work activities which stretched their abilities in a supported way, and both felt part of the team.
“So far this year, 16 Balga SHS students have experienced Workplace Learning on a Georgiou site as part of their Certificate II in Civil Construction with 14 of these having completed 55 hours or more contact hours.
“Feedback from our students has been really positive, although many found the 7am prestarts a challenge! All students commented on how welcome they felt on site and how friendly all the staff were.
“I could name many staff here but the truth is they all stood out. I found that Georgiou truly understood the purpose of work placements and engaged our students in worthwhile activities in a friendly and challenging environment.
“Our students left placement having learned new skills and demonstrated a commitment to work, with increased confidence and a greater understanding of their possible future pathways in the industry.
“Moving forward, several of our Year 12 students enjoyed their work placement so much they are keen to apply for work with Georgiou in the future, with one student offering to work voluntarily in the school holidays! We can only thank you for the impact you are having on our student’s lives and look forward to continuing to work with you.
“From our experience, Georgiou staff truly are among the ‘best people to work with’.”