SUEZ welcomes students from Clontarf academies

Students from two Clontarf academies were recently welcomed to SUEZ facilities in NSW and the ACT to learn about the organisation’s work and discover careers in the waste and recycling industry.
In late November, a group of students from the Shoalhaven High School visited SUEZ’s local truck depot in Nowra and the materials recycling facility and depot in Moruya to get a glimpse into life as a waste collection driver.

The 11 Years 10 to 12 students received a tour of the facility from Brendan Jeffcott, Branch Manager – NSW South Coast Operations at SUEZ who spoke about the range of career paths that are available in the industry. 

“The big thing the boys got out of the day was an idea of the jobs that are available in the industry and some real perspective on the average earnings of the different roles,” Mr Jeffcott said. 

Meanwhile, SUEZ ACT Manager, Sean Crowe and his team hosted eight students from Karabar High School’s Clontarf Academy in mid-December at our recycling centre in Queanbeyan.

The senior students got a first-hand look at what it’s like to be a waste collection driver and the opportunities a career in the industry can bring. On a tour of the facility, the students were shown the sophisticated baling operation, where recycled material is packaged into bales for ease of transportation. 

“The boys were surprised to learn that a rubbish truck is actually a pretty expensive piece of equipment that can be similar in cost to a fancy sports car,” Mr Crowe said. 

SUEZ plans to continue its engagement with the Clontarf Foundation in 2021 with staff visiting schools to meet directly with students and further promote career pathways.