Working Community Program
About the Program
The Working Community Program (WCP) is based on a partnership model that facilitates local school, community, and industry relationships. The aim of the Program is to support students to develop a range of transferrable skills including Teamwork, Leadership and Communication (TLC) through a year-long program.
This 4-phased program structure incorporates a range of activities for students to develop TLC skills. It includes an induction day for all participating schools and students, classroom engagement with local community organisations to support learning about what is available for community, brokering local connections with organisations to support and develop student led projects and finally, the opportunity for students to present their work at the an end of year presentation event to conclude the program.
Currently the Program is mapped to learning competencies in VCAL (including: Personal Development and Work-Related Skills, Literacy, Numeracy,) which supports students to achieve senior school outcomes. This model can also be adapted for other year levels and learning programs.
Participating Schools in 2020
This year, 2 schools participated in the Working Community Program, including Diamond Valley College and Eltham High School with a combined number of 47 students.
2020 Outcomes Achieved
- 47 students attended an Induction Day at Edendale Community Farm.
- All students attended either an adventure day incorporating team building activities such as an obstacle course, canoeing or white-water rafting or participated in a facilitated session to learn about and reflect on Teamwork, Leadership and Communications skills.
- 3 Virtual Community Visits and Relationships Brokered with Headspace, MAS national and Nillumbik Shire Council.
- Due to COVID-19 and the community restrictions in Victoria, individual student led projects were not completed this year.
- Instead, 2 local school and community projects were developed with Nillumbik Historical Society and SelinAydan.Nutrition.
- 32 students gained a Safe Food Handling or Responsible Service of Alcohol Certificate.
- 38 attendees gathered for the end of year celebration.
Students Perspective and Presentations of the 2020 Working Community Program
To read about the Working Community Porgram from the students perspective, you can download and view the following End of Year Student Presentations here:
- An overview of the Working Community Program inclusive of the 4 Phased Program Structure, click here.
- To read about the 2nd Phase of the Program with details about the Community (Virtual) Visits, click here.
- For information about one of the Program classroom projects undertaken on Cooking and Nutrition, you can click here.
If you would like to learn more about the Working Community Program please contact Tiziana on Tiziana@bnllen.org.au
We would like to acknowledge and thank the lcoal schools involved in this Program and all the local partners and organsiations for your ongoing collaboration and support. We would like to also mention Nillumbik Historial Society for their partnership and ongoing support of the Working Community Community.