Establishing great foundations!
Comet Caversham has been operating since 2016 and quickly it became obvious the site needed expansion and upgrades to be an inviting, inclusive learning space. Last year we had to start using an alternative site as an additional classroom, away from campus, to accommodate our existing students. In addition, referrals increased leaving a number of individuals on our waiting list. These young people were coming to us because they were unable to engage in mainstream school and needed additional support to complete their studies. For us it was clear what had to be done, we needed more space, extra classrooms to respond to the need of the young people in the community therefore, we started the process of applying for building permits and approvals. Being in the Swan Valley, operating from a heritage listed office this was no easy feat. Finally, after almost two years we have acquired the stamp of approval needed to install two new classrooms, a student services office, a counselling room, a store room and an accessible toilet on campus. The extra facilities will not only result in an increase in capacity, they will also provide dedicated space to enable additional support to students accessing the onsite Youth Support and Development Workers and Clinical Psychologists from our Youth News Assessment Service.
Caversham students and staff alike are so excited for their long awaited upgrade and things got even more exciting when Ertech offered to provide the site works as a complimentary service and included some of our own students in the team of engineers for the job! At Comet Caversham we have a number of students studying a tailored Certificate II in Civil Construction which was developed and delivered by the Ertech Construction Academy. Initiated by Ertech founder Jim Giumelli, over 10 years ago the Academy, now run by the Motivation Foundation, was designed to provide relief of poverty or distress in disadvantaged young people through education and the development of life employability skills. The program allows year 11 and year 12 students to participate in a nationally recognised, on-site structured training program which is held two days a week. Youth Futures is pleased to partner with the program allowing our students access to another qualification and a recognised industry player with considerable links to employment opportunities. We look forward to attending the graduation of the Ertech Construction Academy in November and celebrating with our year 12’s as they transition into the world of work in Civil Construction.
By the end of the year Comet Caversham will have long awaited, brand new facilities which were made possible by a community partnership and the hands of our very own students. We couldn't be prouder of the accomplishment and look forward to what the future holds.