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.

‘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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  • Great initiative. Love a good news story.

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  • Awesome idea

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  • A great learning opportunity for this with special needs ! Love it.

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  • Great initiative for the young and I believe some very up-market Alzheimer’s homes have similar stores, banks, Post Offices, etc. so that those suffering this horrible disease can live their life like they have always done at least until nearer the end.

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  • What a great idea. Certainly a fun way for the kids to learn how to do everyday things.

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  • I would like more information and links for this article.
    It sounds like a terrific initiative which hopefully more companies will adopt.

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  • Fantastic idea! Woolies are always great at inclusion. I love it!

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  • What a great initiative. Good to see Woolies doing something positive for their community

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  • As long as the students enjoy it, I think it’s awesome.

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  • I think this is amazing. We have to start somewhere with initiatives like this!


    • We do indeed need more initiatives like this one.

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  • I feel torn, sounds like a great idea but it is only in a Catholic School and it is advertising at it’s best.

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  • This is awesome. Good on them for doing something so wonderful

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  • Such a great idea.

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  • thats great the Catholic system can buy Woolies to provide these opportunities – would be great to see this in some public school systems where it could really help kids who are more likely to end up working in Woolies or similar.

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  • In learning this the pupils are learning skills which may help them get permanent jobs. There is a Supermarket in SA that asked sheltered workshops if the had any people who would be interested in working at his shop. At least 2 that he employed were check-out operators. He provided them with suitable height seats to use while using the check-outs. There was others “behind the scenes” doing equally as important work.

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