As part of the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) Shell staff are eligible for up to two volunteering days a year. At Shell Australia we are working with our Social Investment partners to provide staff with a meaningful experience that benefits both the not-for-profit organisation and the local community.
Worlds of Work (WOW) is a national Foundation for Young Australians initiative that supports young people to make successful transitions to work and life beyond school. The program enhances their understanding of the changing world of work, builds their capabilities and confidence to participate in the workplace, and cultivates skills for lifelong career development. WOW takes Year 10 students on a journey that broadens their view on what it means to be successful in the changing world of work. During the week long program students visited three companies, which included IBM, Xerox and Shell Australia.
10 Shell employees volunteered and met with twenty year 10 students from Kalamunda High School in the Perth office. This forum provided the students with an opportunity to develop their networking skills and build their confidence. The volunteers then took park in a Q&A panel, led by the students and were asked questions such as ‘what does success mean to you?’ and ‘what makes you jump out of bed every morning?’ That afternoon Shell volunteers, parents and volunteers from other companies attended a WOW graduation ceremony. Students presented what they had learnt from participating in the program.
Michael Barrenger, Operations Capability & Improvement Lead at Shell Australia, recently took part in a FYA WOW volunteering session:
"We spend so much time educating ourselves to prepare ourselves for our future careers, getting the information we need to make a sound decision on what that career might be, is critical. I believe the WOW program helps kids collect that information and build their confidence to aim high. I met great students with their lives ahead of them, and was able to share as part of the group, insights that might help them in their career and life decisions."
"The students presented back their insights from the program and I was struck by how professional they were. It was nice that they came away from the session with a better sense of their abilities, and what might make them happier in life. We can all think of people that have influenced us in our own lives. Those people took the time to show an interest in us, and the small investment of time often made a profound impact on the decisions we made. I make a conscious effort to give something back in that space."