Wednesday, April 17, 2024

First ‘Mini Woolies’ checks out for NT

The Northern Territory Government has partnered with Woolworths Group to open the Territory’s first Mini Woolies training facility.

Over the past month, a space at Henbury School has been transformed into the Mini Woolies, which simulates on-the-job training in a realistic supermarket setting.

“This partnership strongly supports our student’s education no matter their abilities through hands-on-learning experiences and provides them the transferrable skills for future VET pathways and employment opportunities,” said Minister for Education, Mark Monaghan.

“This Territory first simulated training centre is the culmination of hard work, strong partnerships and a passion to do right by every single Territory student.

“The Territory Labor Government and Henbury School are leaders in specialist education, and this is just another innovative program amongst a comprehensive range of programs tailored to prepare students for future pathways after school.”

The Mini Woolies features everything you would find on your weekly grocery shop from baskets of fresh food, to shelving for groceries, ticketing, signage, Woolworths uniforms and of course registers for a real check-out experience.

The training initiative follows the NT Government’s announcement of a new student skills centre in the remote community of Tjuwanpa.

General Manager of Mini Woolies Program, Sarah Corey said the launch of the NT’s first Mini Woolies was a milestone moment for the company.

“The program has expanded immensely since the first site was launched and we are now set up in every state and territory across Australia,” she said.

Minister for Disabilities, Ngaree Ah Kit said it is important to offer inclusive learning opportunities for students with disability, and the Mini Woolies venture is the perfect example

“Our Government welcomes diversity among our learners and we are most supportive of initiatives like this which offer skills and experience to enable Henbury students to become work ready,” she said.

“Henbury students are not newcomers to the world of business. They already operate a successful café and op-shop and I’m sure this impressive training facility will complement their skill set.”

“Launching the very first Mini Woolies in the Northern Territory today is a milestone moment that we have been working towards for many months. The program has expanded immensely since the first site was launched and we are now set up in every state and territory across Australia.

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