Work Experience And Why It Matters

Cairns Work Experience

VPG has been coordinating work experience placements within Far North Queensland for 23 years, partnering with over 5,000 local employers.

Employer Champion Jane Hanan, Director at Clarke & Prince, Architects, is a devoted and passionate advocate for the program, providing young people with valuable placement opportunities each year.

“When I was young, I had the opportunity to do work experience in an architectural office. I always knew I had a passion and interest in architecture, and the opportunity allowed me to build an industry network and establish lifelong contacts,.” Jane believes it is an important opportunity that allows young people to explore career pathways and make informed decisions about their future.

“I also had work experience in retail, carpentry, sheet metal work and window manufacturing – all incredibly valuable experiences,” said Ms Hanan.

“Work experience provides young people with exposure to different industries, increasing their knowledge and opening their eyes to opportunities outside their horizons.”

“It teaches them useful skills which they can apply throughout the rest of their lives, said Ms Hanan.”

Each year in Cairns over 1,000 students and school leavers participate in work experience. Local businesses who can provide young people with access to work experience opportunities are encouraged to contact VPG to learn more about the program.

For more information contact Emma Takai on 07 4032 1677 or 

Pictured: Jane Hanan, Architect at Clarke & Prince and Sipho, Yr 10 Trinity Bay State High School student

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