Learning about employment opportunities

Have you ever wondered what would be the combined weight of all the staff and students of a school? Mooroopna North Primary School recently found out during an excursion to Foott Waste Solutions. As part of their tour, Operations Manager Zane Foott gathered the students and teachers on the weighbridge; the group then eagerly watched the digital display for the final result.

The weighbridge was one of many highlights, with the students equally excited about the cardboard conveyor belt, the compactor and the assortment of specialty vehicles.

The excursion was facilitated by Belinda Senini, the Projects Education and Engagement Coordinator at Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project. Belinda works with primary schools in Greater Shepparton and aims to introduce young students to the region's broad range of career paths.

"Visits to local businesses help to lift career aspirations by giving students insight to the variety of work in our region, and they provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the world beyond the classroom," said Belinda.

"It was great to see the students asking so many questions. They were obviously very engaged and curious about the waste management process," said Belinda.

Lighthouse Executive Officer Amy Robinson confirmed the positive impact organisations like Foott Waste have had on our local community, connecting students to aspirational opportunities that prepare them for the world of work.

"Foott Waste are such a strong supporter and advocate for Lighthouse and our cause, to improve outcomes for young people in the community. Over the past 5 years the local family business has generously supported Lighthouse and they were there again with support for our GV Cares initiative during the floods crisis."

As for the collective weight of Mooroopna North Primary School, the result will have to remain a mystery for those not present. However, what's certain is that the students left Foott Waste Solutions with a newfound appreciation for the importance of waste management and the different career opportunities available in the Greater Shepparton Region.

Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project acknowledges and pays respect to the traditional custodians of the Shepparton region on whose lands we are located, the Yorta Yorta peoples and their Elders past, present and emerging. Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project recognises, respects and supports all community members regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ability, or age.

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