BUSINESSES, schools and community groups have partnered together to give local students a chance to gain business experience as part of the Behind the Scenes program.
The partners have raised enough funds to cover the cost of eight buses to transport 400 pupils from years 5 and 6, together with teachers and parents, to three businesses a day in coming weeks.
The visits will give pupils the opportunity to meet employers, tour workplaces and hear from employees about the importance of education.
Public schools involved in the program include Harrington Street, Canley Heights, Casula, Old Guildford, Fairfield, Carramar and Villawood North.
Partnership spokeswoman Ampha Sihavong said recent research showed young people begin to become less interested in education in years 5 and 6 if they saw no purpose for study and school attendance.
"The purpose of these excursions is to inspire the students by introducing them to the world of work and to people who work in their local area in all different occupations," she said.
Ms Sihavong said a pilot program ran last year for schools in the Fairfield and Liverpool area and based on the success and positive feedback and the eagerness of the schools involved to continue to work together, a partnership formed.
"We would like more businesses to be involved in the future to make it sustainable," she said.
"Schools don't have the funding for it but it's very worthwhile.
"The partnership will provide 'at risk' primary school students in years 5 and 6 with inspiration and skills to help them make a successful transition into high school so they are motivated to stay and complete year 12 or equivalent.
"Their parents will also be encouraged to take part in the program to support their child."