A unique initiative between Tatura Primary School and the Tatura Lions Club saw several Year 6 students visit different industries in Shepparton and Tatura last week.
Students first attended the Shepparton Saleyards and Dyson Buslines in Shepparton before heading to Planright Civil Engineers and Hotwire Mobile Auto Electrics in Tatura as part of the Opportunities Plus program.
Lions Club member Rob Miller said the program started through local bus driver Paul Newman.
‘‘Paul saw a need for Year 6 students to go to workplaces and experience the jobs that are available without having to get a university degree,’’ Mr Miller said.
‘‘For any child that has both the academic and financial ability to foresee university in their future then this helps them choose their path, however, if a child sees university as unattainable then there is a great risk of them feeling as if their options are limited, which could be the start of them becoming disengaged with school and society at a later date.
‘‘For the current group of children that are in this category we need to expose them to these positive role models, and allow them to connect with a mentor that may inspire them to greater things later in life.’’
Mr Miller said it was important to expose Year 6 students to the industries before they had the freedoms that exist when they begin high school.
He said the program was also a fantastic way to introduce the children to Lions and what the service club did.
The students were full of questions on their stop at Dyson Buslines.
Roy Dyson said the students were taken on a tour of the whole yard and workshop.
‘‘They also got a demonstration on how to wash a bus,’’ Mr Dyson said.
He said the business often had school groups visiting at their Melbourne-based facilities, but did not often get local students in Shepparton.
‘‘It’s a really good idea,’’ he said. ‘‘And we also use the opportunity to take them through some bus safety as well.’’
Mr Miller congratulated the school for their efforts in the initiative.
‘‘Tatura Primary School has just taken it on board,’’ he said.
Students attended the industries on Friday last week.