At-risk students at Cire Community School in the Yarra Ranges are continuing to kick goals for a positive future, wearing work boots donated by Workwear Group.
Having the OHS-compliant footwear means students can engage in more opportunities for hands-on learning activities for their Certificate II in Horticulture, and also structured work placements with local businesses including plumbers, landscapers, and local nurseries. The students also undertake projects at Yarra Valley ECOSS, an environmental and educational not-for-profit organisation committed to showcasing and encouraging best practice in sustainable solutions.
This is the second year Workwear Group has worked alongside Cire, this year delivering 27 pairs of boots for Cire students facing the challenge of socio-economic disadvantage and related issues.
The boots are a real boost to the self-esteem and confidence of students, as well as providing them with appropriate footwear for invaluable work experience, according to Karen Swankie, who is responsible for Vocational Education Training (VET), and Student Pathways at Cire Community School.
One of the students, 14-year-old Shaun, wanted to send a massive thank you to Workwear. "The boots are great and really comfie. I have dropped a few things on my feet at ECOSS so the steel caps have saved my toes!" said Shaun who now has a second pair of boots having outgrown the ones he received last year and almost worn them out.
Another super appreciative student is Ollie, particularly after a close shave with a lawnmower that took a chunk out of his boot but not his foot.
"I was so glad to have the steel capped boots," said 16-year old Ollie who is undertaking a school-based apprenticeship in Landscape Construction.
Meanwhile, fellow student Ethan was also hugely appreciative because he can wear his boots to his plumbing VET course each week.
Cire Community School, with campuses at Yarra Junction and Mt Evelyn, is one of the core operations of Cire Services Inc, a not-for-profit organisation, unique to the Yarra Ranges where it provides flexible learning opportunities to people of all ages across its vast catchment area.
Cire’s other core operations are Cire Training which offers accredited and short courses through its registered training arm, Cire Children’s Services, and Cire Community Hubs.
For more information about Cire and other organisations Workwear Group is supporting, contact our PR representative Emma Dent email@example.com 03 9621 7356