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Education

The KIC Education Development Program is about showing high school students in the region the sorts of careers that are available in industry, and working with them in a practical sense how they might aspire to these sorts of careers.

High School Student Industry Education

Our Philosophy

The Kwinana Industrial Area is the home to many large industrial companies, and are responsible for the employment of around 30,000 workers, direct and indirect.  Two thirds of these live within 15 kms of their workplace.  The communities surrounding the industrial area are deeply connected to industry, and have been since the first refinery was built around 60 years ago.

Generations of workers have from these communities have been a part of the neighbouring industrial area, yet there is high youth unemployment and a surprisingly extensive low comprehension of the huge range of careers industry offers.

The KIC Education Development Program (EDP) was created to improve this understanding, and to create pathways for the students in the region’s high schools to enter the industrial workforce.

The pathways needed to be practical for the students, connected to actual industry operations, and accessible for motivated students. They are achieving terrific outcomes for students, and are roundly hailed as being world class in their design content and outcomes.

KIC Education

Education Development Program (EDP)

This video has been produced to showcase the Education Development Programs that KIC has developed for local students in the KIC Education Partnership. 

Aims, Purpose, Why

The Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) Education Development Program was built on the success of its award winning KIC Metals & Engineering School Based Traineeship located at Gilmore College.

The individual programs were developed in partnership with local high schools in an effort to introduce students to the careers in Kwinana’s business sector and to give them practical exposure in the Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA). The programs offered through the partnership provide initiatives to help students identify opportunities for work placement in the KIA. KIC members have the potential to attract local youth to careers in local industry and to help raise their aspirations towards career pathways.

    “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your colleagues at KIC for giving Meg this opportunity. So far she has thoroughly enjoyed the experience and she still has 3 days left! Kind regards.”

    June Marshall
    (Parent of 2014 iWOMEN student Megan Marshall)

      KIC iProjects

      As part of KIC’s Education Development Program, a range of iProjects have been developed which provide an opportunity for students to further explore what career pathways may be available in the Kwinana Industrial Area. All iProjects include visits to industry.

      In June 2018, the iWOMEN, iMEN and iSCIENCE iProjects were endorsed by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA). Successful completion of one of these KIC iProjects and attendance at the annual KIC iCONFERENCE (a total of 55 hours) will provide the equivalent of 1 unit and 1 C grade towards the WACE completion requirements and will be reported on the student’s WA Statement of Student Achievement that is issued at the end of Year 12.

      iWOMEN

      iWOMEN: Year 10 (female students)

      The iWOMEN Project is a Senior Secondary Pathway held in Term 1 and Term 2. It is targeted towards VET students (Year 10s) from our partnering schools in the region. During the program students will visit a range of industries and meet women in non-traditional female roles. Kwinana industry is committed to engaging students in the workforce and providing an opportunity for young females to see what industry really looks like. Students will also attend a number of workshops that will give them the valuable skills and tools required as they prepare for their place in the workforce.

      iMEN

      iMEN: Year 10 (male students)

      The KIC iMEN Project is a Senior Secondary Pathway held in Term 2. It is targeted towards VET students (Year 10s) from our partnering high schools in the region. During the program students will visit a range of industries and meet employees in many roles. Kwinana industry is committed to engaging students in the workforce and providing an opportunity for young males to see what industry really looks like. Students will also attend a number of workshops that will give them the valuable skills and tools required as they prepare for their place in the workforce.

      iSCIENCE

      iSCIENCE: Year 10 (female and male students)

      The KIC iSCIENCE Project is a Senior Secondary Pathway held in Term 3. It is for Year 10 students who are intending to follow ATAR Science, Math and Technology subjects during Years 11 and 12 and who are considering going onto University at the end of Year 12. Students will have the opportunity to explore and understand the breadth of industry in the Kwinana Industrial Area (KIA) and the broad range of science based career options available.

      The program includes: site tours of industry; a full day excursion to Murdoch University South Street Campus and a series of workshops: including preparing a professional resume, interview techniques, social media, personal and presentation skills, health and wellbeing, mental health prevention and promotion.

      iDIVERSITY

      iDIVERSITY: Year 10 (female and male students with special learning needs)

      The KIC iDIVERSITY Project is for students with special learning needs. It explores the range of careers available in the Kwinana Industrial Area and gives students the opportunity to get an insight into what industry does, and into what industry expects of employees.

      Over 6 days in Term 4 students visit a range of working environments within the KIA, meet current employees in a range of roles and have the opportunity to reflect on their possible future involvement in the local workforce.

      Students will also have a day of work experience with a local host employer or participate in some voluntary work (ie. beach rehabilitation). Other activities include teambuilding, improving confidence and self esteem, resume writing, social media, personal and presentation skills.

      Bright Sparx Club

      Bright Sparx Club (Year 9)

      The Bright Sparx Club is a partnership between Kwinana Industries Council (KIC) and Murdoch University. The program provides students in Year 9 with the opportunity to raise their confidence and aspirations while building their awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) careers.

      The program provides students with an opportunity to work together and share experiences while raising their awareness of future technologies and STEM careers.

      iCONFERENCE

      KIC iCONFERENCE

      The Annual KIC iCONFERENCE is for students who have attended iWOMEN, iMEN and iSCIENCE during the year. It is an opportunity for the students to build on their learnings from their iProject and take them one step further. It is a fun packed day, with hands on workshops and activities. The students have the opportunity to catch up with their friends from their iProject and meet students who attended the other KIC iProjects during the year. It also provides the students with the final 6 hours they need for their SCSA accreditation.

      iTEACHER

      iTEACHER

      The KIC iTEACHER Project gives teachers from the KIC Education Partnership schools an opportunity to go into industry and shadow a specialist employee to gain valuable industry knowledge. This experience fulfils industry relevance competency requirements for the teachers and brings their lessons to life back in the classroom.

      KIC VET Programs

      Vocational Education & Training (VET) Pathways (years 11 and 12)

      These are a range of activities that relate to ways in which Year 11 and Year 12 students gain ongoing practical work experience in industry. Practical experience in the workplace teaches students about what it means to be a worker in terms of what is expected of them and what they can expect of the host employer. It is a great way for students to move across into a job when they are ready to do so.

      School Based Traineeships

      School Based Traineeships

      School Based Traineeships (SBTs) are Certificate II and III programs approved by industry to kick-start your career. The programs give school students, who are generally at least 15 years of age, the opportunity to start a traineeship as part of their school studies.

      As a student in one of these SBT programs, you will go to school and, with the school’s approval, you and a guardian (if you are under 18) will sign a training contract with an employer in your chosen industry. This gives you the same employment and training conditions and responsibilities as other apprentices/trainees. The employer will pay you for the time you spend at work. You will do some of your training at a TAFE or a private training provider, and some at work. You may complete your traineeship while at school. Work experience can be done a one day a week or in blocks of weeks (depending on the SBT Program requirements).

      Source: Government of Western Australia, Dept of Training and Workforce Development.

      School Based Traineeships

      KIC Metals and Engineering SBT (Cert II Engineering)

      Students are enrolled full time at Gilmore College, receive training one day per week at South Metropolitan TAFE (Rockingham Campus), and spend blocks of time in work placements. Students are paid a training wage during their work placement.

      On successful completion of Year 12 and the school based traineeship, successful trainees will receive their WACE and a Traineeship Certificate II in Engineering. Trainees will be ‘work-ready’ and this will reduce the time needed to complete an Apprenticeship in an associated industry.

      Students from all schools in the KIC Education Partnership can apply for this program and if successful must enroll at Gilmore College to do the program.

      Recruitment for this program commences in July each year.

      There is an application and selection process for students wishing to apply for the program.

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      KIC Business SBT (Cert II or III Business/Business Admin)

      Students are enrolled full time at one of the KIC Education Partnership schools and spend one day per week at a host employer. On successful completion of Year 12 and the school based traineeship program, Year 12 trainees will receive their WACE and a Certificate II or III in Business Studies/Administration. We would like to thank the City of Kwinana who continue to host two Year 12 students each year from the KIC Education Partnership.

      Contact us to learn more about these Programs

      Work Placement Programs

      KIC Pre-apprenticeships

      KIC Pre-Apprenticeships (VET Pathways) are two year programs which students complete during Year 11 and 12 alongside their school studies. Students remain at their own schools when undertaking the KIC Pre-Apprenticeships.

      All Pre-Apprenticeships include work placements and attendance at South Metropolitan TAFE (Rockingham or Thornlie Campus, depending on the program). The intake for all KIC Pre-Apprenticeships is 16 students (maximum) per year.

      KIC Heavy Diesel Plant Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship

      KIC Heavy Diesel Plant Mechanic Pre-Apprenticeship (Cert II in Automotive Servicing Technology Pre-app)

      This is a two year program completed during Year 11 and 12.  The program takes 15 students a year.  

      Students are enrolled full time at one of the KIC Education Partnership schools, spend one day per week at South Metropolitan TAFE in Thornlie, and spend time in work placements.

      On successful completion of Year 12 and the Pre-apprenticeship Program, students receive their WACE and a Certificate II in Engineering Plant Mechanic (heavy diesel) Pre-Apprenticeship. Trainees will be ‘work-ready’ and this will reduce the time needed to complete an Apprenticeship in an associated industry.

      Recruitment for this program commences in July each year.

      There is an application and selection process for students wishing to apply for the program.

      Year 11 students on the KIC Female Engineering Pre-apprenticeship

      Year 11 students on the KIC Female Engineering Pre-apprenticeship

      KIC Female Engineering Pre-apprenticeship

      KIC Female Engineering Pre-apprenticeship is a two year program which students complete during Year 11 and 12 alongside their school studies. The program intake is 15 students (max) per year.

      The program is designed around industry’s desire to get more females into industry through greater gender diversity programs. The content gives students exposure to a range of apprenticeship pathways into industry.

      Students remain enrolled full time at their current school, receive training one day a week (Fridays) at South Metropolitan TAFE (Rockingham Campus) and spend time in work placements.

      Students have a mentor at their work placement during the two year program.

      Recruitment for this program commences in July each year.

      There is an application and selection process for students wishing to apply for the program.

      Contact us to learn more about these Programs

      Awards

      Awards 2018

      Won the Australia & Oceania region of the 2018 Global Best Awards, in the following categories:

      • Innovative and Creative Partnerships
      • Youth Employability Skills
      • Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

      KIC was awarded the Innovative and Creative Partnerships best out of all seven of the regions. at the Conference in Houston, held in October.

      Community Commitment Award 2014

      In 2014 the EDP also won the Community Commitment Award at the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce Regional Business Awards

      Awards 2016

      In 2016 the KIC Education Development Program won a number of awards:

      • Global Best Awards 2016
        • Australia Gold Winner for Innovative and Creative Partnerships
        • Australia Gold Winner for Youth Employability Skills
        • Overall Global Thematic Winner for Youth Employability Skills
      • WA Training Awards
        • Winner – Industry Collaboration Award
      • Australian Training Awards
        • Finalist – Industry Collaboration Award

      Overview

      The KIC Education Partnership was established to build and strengthen relationships, implement projects and improve the connection between Kwinana industries and regional education providers. .

      To consolidate the Partnership, a Certificate of Commitment was signed in September 2011 between KIC and the local high schools, both public and private.  In 2014 the schools reconfirmed their agreement to the Partnership and resigned the Certificate of Commitment.   The Certificate acknowledges the involvement and the roles industry and education providers play in building the capability of our students, who will eventually take their place in the workforce.

      The Principals of the participating high schools meet twice per term and the VET Coordinators meet once a term.  Progress of the Partnership is monitored and direction and priorities are set for coming events.   These educational leaders share and exchange ideas and initiatives to continue the excellence in the collegial relationship that exists for the betterment of local students and the industries within the KIC.

        Connecting Education with Industry

        Over the past two decades, KIC has been actively involved in connecting education with industry, prompted by the realisation that the local community was not necessarily making the most of the benefits of industrial development. Conversely, industry was not able to effectively use the local population as a source of workers.

        In 1995, the KIC Excellence in Education Compact was launched, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between KIC and its industry members, senior high school representatives TAFE. It was designed to be a vehicle for fostering high community engagement between community and industry, while at the same time bringing a number of benefits to the community.

        The Compact was called Kwinana Industries Education Partnership, or KIEP.

        KIEP enabled students from high schools neighbouring the KIA to consider a transition into the industrial workforce and also to related higher education programs. Over time, it became regularly sought after as a source of information by other vocational education providers, with other organisations considering it a benchmark in developing similar programs.

        In 2009, KIEP was wound up, and KIC took on the role of delivering the programs directly, and from there the KIC Education Development Program began to expand to what it is today, a multi level series of programs aimed at Year 9 through to Year 12 students, with around 250 passing through the various programs each year.

        KIC runs these programs for the 17 high schools in the region with input from the school principals and Vocational Education Training (VET) coordinators via a formal partnership.

        Partnering High Schools

        The KIC Education Partnership is a partnership between industry and 17 secondary schools in the region. For information about these schools please click the links below.

        Partnering High Schools

        The KIC Education Partnership is a partnership between industry and 17 secondary schools in the region. For information about these schools please click the links below.

        Women’s Networking Forum

        The Women’s Networking Forum continues to be held twice a year and is an informative and great networking system aimed primarily at women working in the KIA. Over the last 12 months we have welcomed men from industry to the Forums, and this has proven to be a positive move. We look forward to more men attending the Forums in the future.

        KIC Women's Networking Forum

        Students from the KIC Female Engineering Pre-apprenticeship attend the KIC Women’s Networking Forum (November 2019)

        Contact Us

        PO Box 649
        Kwinana WA 6966

        Tel: (08) 9419 1855

        Email: admin@kic.org.au

        Contact Us

        PO Box 649
        Kwinana WA 6966

        Tel: (08) 9419 1855

        Email: admin@kic.org.au