19 Jul 2017
Sanitarium's People & Culture team recently hosted an industry visit at Berkeley Vale Factory for a group of 50+ students from Wyong High School.
The visit was part of Sanitarium's partnership with a government initiative called P-TECH which is short for 'Pathways in Technology'. The session was targeted at year 9 and 10 students and was aimed at showcasing roles in technology.
Students heard from departments including SDI (NPD, Sensory & Analytical), Technical and IT, exploring the types of roles which exist in each of these departments, as well as the required qualifications. They also looked at where the industry is going in the future, showcasing some of the Foresight group videos. The P-TECH program was developed to inspire students to enrol in STEM* electives and, in turn, hopefully consider further tertiary education in their chosen STEM field and pursue careers in technology.
The program helps students understand the types of careers that are on offer locally to them within the STEM field. The visiting students received a goodie bag with various products to take with them, as well as an insight into potential career path opportunities at Sanitarium.
The next stage of the P-TECH government initiative is pairing students up with mentors from the industry which Sanitarium will also be involved in. IBM will be providing an online mentor platform for mentors and mentees to utilise.
*STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.