As part of the ongoing commitment to providing opportunities for people living with disabilities, Coles has fitted out a fully functioning supermarket at St Lucy’s School, an independent school for students with disabilities, to assist in teaching students practical life skills.
Located on its Wahroonga campus, the shop is designed to provide a guided work experience environment for senior students who will carry out a range of tasks such as stocking shelves, customer service and ensuring the shop is a fantastic environment for customers. Junior school students will be able practice shopping for themselves or helping their family on supermarket visits in an authentic and familiar setting.
St Lucy’s is an independent school for students with disabilities ranging from Kindergarten up until Year 12 and has a mission to provide an inspirational education for a life with purpose, through giving students the appropriate skills to have successful, safe, and meaningful life after graduating.
Principal of St Lucy’s School David Raphael said he was delighted for the school to have the mini supermarket for students and teachers to enjoy and learn.
“Coles at St Lucy’s provides a safe environment to teach our students about safety in the workplace and to develop the important skills needed for effective communication, collaboration, and interpersonal relationships in the workplace and beyond,” David said.
St Lucy’s Coles is one of the innovative ways that Coles has found to help people with disabilities and is part of a wider initiative to make sure that the company is constantly championing accessibility and disability inclusion.
Coles Chief Marketing Officer and co-chair of the Coles Accessibility Steering Committee Lisa Ronson said helping Australians living with with disabilities is one of its key priorities.
“Our team is so proud to be supporting the mini store at St Lucy’s and we think the program is fantastic to teach students valuable life and future employment skills. We at Coles are absolutely committed as an organisation to increase the number of Australians we employ who are living with a disability,” Lisa said.
Coles General Manager and fellow co-chair of the Coles Accessibility Steering Committee Martin Smithson said the supermarket is designed to provide the students with real life practical skills.
“Gainful employment is a pathway to security and autonomy and as one of the country’s largest employers we know we have an important role to play. Coles is always on the lookout for ways that we can assist people with disabilities through providing employment opportunities through our partnerships with services like Disability Works Australia,” Martin said.