"A Day with THALES" a great success

The first ITF Workplace Visit

Schools industry Partnership

Twelve young people and six teachers from three Sydney secondary schools were inspired on Friday 17th August during their visit to Garden Island Naval Base in Sydney. Staff from THALES Maritime Ship Repairs division organized the day in order to showcase the wide range of employment options available on the Island, especially in trades. In addition to interactive career conversations between students and staff from various THALES work areas and a tour of their workshops, staff from their HR division provided tips to some of the students to help them prepare future job applications for apprenticeship positions at THALES Maritime Ship Repairs.  THALES at garden Island employ about 28 new apprentices every year and they are passionate about providing quality trades training for young people in their well-equipped workshops under supervision of highly skilled and dedicated staff.

The feedback from participating teachers, students and THALES staff was extremely positive.

One teacher wrote:

Thank you so much for facilitating such a fantastic day. Mark (a student) said to me as we walked out of the gates that 'it was the best excursion that he'd ever been on.' He was joined with a chorus of agreement. It was a really good day that happened in a very natural way. The students enjoyed watching the filling of the dry dock before seeing the ferry leave at lunch. Lunch was great and the students really got a lot out of the advice that Jo and Ian (HR staff) provided at lunch as they went through their documentation.​ …..it was informal and the kids were captivated as it was clear they were finding out exactly how short-listing occurs.

All five students would like to spend time with you next year for work experience. From where I sit that is testament to the effort and time you and your staff spent on Friday making them feel so welcome.”

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Another teacher wrote:

A huge thank you for organising an inspiring and informative day for my students last Wednesday. They walked away from THALES with a multitude of ideas and opportunities opened to them

The Day at THALES was a pilot event organised by THALES in collaboration with Inspiring the Future Australia. Based what was learned this year, a similar event is currently scheduled for 23rd March 2018 for school students seeking to enter a trade apprenticeship at the end of that year. Contact us if your school is interested in participating.


There are 24 THALES staff currently signed up as volunteers with Inspiring the Future and are available to visit schools to share their career story or to assist with other activities such as mock interviews.  Teachers can also sign up on the portal to invite them and other registered volunteers to visit their school to inspire their students.