NSW Schools open mini-Woolworths staffed by special needs students to help them get accustomed to everyday outings.
The simulated stores have been designed to give children a true insight into the realities of working life – and both come complete with working payment registers, uniforms and name badges, as well as groceries to stack on shelves.
Eddie’s Fresh Food opened at St Edmund’s College in Wahroonga last year, while Gabe’s Fresh Food at St Gabriel’s School in Castle Hill was completed earlier this month.
Woolworths Group General Manager of IT, Angelo Clayton said Woolworths was pleased to offer the valuable learning experience for students.
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‘Our aim at Woolworths is to bring a little good to everyone, every day and by working closely with Fujitsu, we are pleased to be able provide a valuable learning experience for the students at St Gabriel’s,’ Ms Clayton told Daily Mail Australia.
‘Gabe’s Fresh Food is a very special version of a Woolworths store. It has real products, real ticketing, signage, uniforms and name badges for the students to immerse themselves in an authentic supermarket experience – a fantastic way to learn a great number of skills.
‘We are very excited by the authentic learning experience made available by Woolworths and Fujitsu for our students’ says Jon Franzin, Principal at St Gabriel’s.
‘We see use of the payment registers as increasing student’s communication and numeracy skills, skills that are transferable to the workplace and for life,’ she said.
Brilliant concept! We love seeing concepts like this that are inclusive of everyeone.
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