Cedar Woods Hosts Work Inspiration Day in WA
As part of Cedar Woods’ national partnership with The Smith Family, Australia’s leading children’s education charity, the Cedar Woods team recently hosted the Company’s second Work Inspiration event in WA.
The Smith Family’s Work Inspiration program recognises that youth unemployment and underemployment continue to be significant problems in Australia, particularly for young people impacted by poverty. By hosting a group of 20 secondary students from a local high school, we hope we gave these young Australians the opportunity to be inspired, broaden their perspectives, and develop aspirations.
Cedar Woods’ involvement in the program officially kicked off in 2021, when Cedar Woods hosted the first event at our Glenside development in South Australia.
In this most recent Work Inspiration event in WA, students were introduced to the property development industry with the day consisting of time in the head office and a site tour of our Bushmead estate in Perth’s foothills. Insight activities and talks throughout the day also revealed to students the many different suppliers, stakeholders and careers that are involved in developing a new residential community.
Cedar Woods staff were also able to share their real-world experience with students whilst guiding them through activities to reveal potential career pathways both within the property development industry, and beyond.
Work Inspiration is just one of the learning and mentoring programs that supports students on The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program, which provides children experiencing disadvantage with long-term support for their education.
The Learning for Life program is delivered across 91 communities around Australia. It provides students and families with financial assistance for education essentials such as uniforms, school supplies and school excursions; tailored personal support for the child and their family; and access to extra out-of-school learning and mentoring programs, including Work Inspiration. This proven combination of financial, personal and practical support empowers young people to harness education and build skills to unlock their true potential. At Cedar Woods, we support 100 students nationally on the Learning for Life program.
Research by Nobel Economist James Heckman and his colleague Flavio Cunha shows that providing children from disadvantaged backgrounds with balanced support across their educational journey from an early age results in the best outcomes. In fact, research suggests there is a direct correlation between this support and higher rates of high school graduation and university enrolment. Cedar Woods’ partnership with The Smith Family will provide support for young Australians impacted by poverty at every step of their educational journey, from early childhood through to the completion of their studies.
With the second Work Inspiration event a great success, Cedar Woods is looking forward to our Melbourne and Queensland offices participating in the Work Inspiration program nationally in the new year.
For more information about The Smith Family, visit thesmithfamily.com.au