Clontarf Foundation students from North Albany Senior High School had a glimpse into the career path of a water operator during a visit to the Water Corporation’s Albany treatment plant last week. The visit saw the continuation of a 14-year partnership between the Water Corporation and Clontarf Foundation, which promotes pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth into jobs in the water industry. The Years 11 and 12 students learnt about the local wastewater scheme and the skills needed to become an operator at the wastewater treatment plant on Timewell Road. Water Corporation acting regional manager Michael Sillifant said the partnership introduced students to a rewarding and challenging career in the water industry. “Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are Australia’s first water managers, and there is a lot we can share and learn in terms of how to sustainably manage valuable water resources,” he said. “Through our partnership with Clontarf, 34 former students have now joined our apprenticeship, traineeship and graduate programs, bringing valuable insights and perspectives from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.” NASHS Clontarf Foundation director Peter Watters said students found the visit informative and were enthusiastic about future employment opportunities. “Site visits are a great way for students to see first-hand what day-to-day jobs are like and to get a feel for what it’s like to work on an operational site,” he said.