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Tuesday, 13 November 2012
City of Joondalup planner Lydia Dwyer, ECU planning lecturer Jenny George, Yanchep Beach Joint Venture's Ian Martinus and planning student Daniel Bouwer.
Fourth-year planning students showcased their workplace experience to other students and industry representatives at a lunchtime event on the Joondalup Campus recently.
The presentations were a culmination of the students’ work placements at a host of Perth planning organisations including the cities of Joondalup and Swan.
As part of the Practice of Planning unit, students spend time in organisations they would likely find themselves in after graduation.
Lecturer Jenny George said the unit was valuable because it provided the students with real-life experiences.
“They gain valuable understanding about their chosen field, helping to bridge the gap between the theory and practice,” Ms George said.
“This also allows the students to gain a better understanding about each workplace sector on offer in the field of planning, from state government, to local government to the private sector.”
She said it was an important process which helped to develop workplace-ready graduates.
However, Ms George said the benefits were two-fold with participating organisations able to meet students ahead of graduation and consider their employment options.
“We have had students employed immediately by the planning organisation following their workplace visit,” she said.
Ms George thanked all the participating planning organisations for their partnership and the Yanchep Beach Joint Venture (YBJV) for sponsoring the presentation luncheon, including YBJV’s Ian Martinus as an ongoing supporter of the ECU planning program.