Bunnings is just the beginning for Aria, Kate and Billy
IMVC works closely with education providers such as Bulleen Heights School, a unique, single mode specialist, State school providing education for young people with autism spectrum disorders. IMVC facilitated work placements for three students with special needs from Bulleen Heights at Victoria Barracks. The success of these placements enabled further work placements to be arranged. IMVC approached Bunnings for retail, building and construction work placements for students with special needs. Bunnings was quick to understand the many benefits of workplace learning to both students and their business and was keen to act as a host employer.
The three students, Aria, Billy and Kate were placed in various Bunnings departments according to their individual interest. Aria was placed in the timber yard, Billy at the front counter self-serve checkout, while Kate spent time in the nursery. The students were assigned to these areas for the duration of the 10 week, one day a week work placement. At times the students were required to work with different people, to encourage flexibility in the workplace. They also benefited from a buddy system which Bunnings arranged to assist the special individual needs of the students.
The students enjoyed their work placements immensely and adjusted well to the retail environment.