GenR8ing stu­dents to be work-ready

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BUND­ABERG Re­gional Coun­cil is do­ing what it can to help the re­gion’s stu­dents get work-ready through the GenR8 pro­gram.

Gov­er­nance spokesman David Batt said coun­cil had part­nered with lo­cal schools, busi­nesses and the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing in the pro­gram to of­fer a seam­less tran­si­tion from school to work for the re­gion’s Year 12 stu­dents.

“The GenR8 pro­gram con­nects stu­dents di­rect with lo­cal em­ploy­ers, such as coun­cil, to of­fer them on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence while they un­der­take TAFE study as part of their Year 12 cur­ricu­lum,” Cr Batt said.

“Coun­cil is pleased to be par­tic­i­pat­ing in GenR8 in its first year in the Wide Bay re­gion and we have al­ready ac­cepted work ex­pe­ri­ence stu­dent Kristina King from Isis Dis­trict State High School who has been un­der­tak­ing work ex­pe­ri­ence in our pro­cure­ment sec­tion while study­ing a Cer­tifi­cate II in lo­gis­tics.”

Cr Batt said Kristina now had a num­ber of ca­reer path­ways open to her.

“Lo­gis­tics is one of the fastest grow­ing in­dus­tries in Aus­tralia.

“We are thrilled to of­fer the op­por­tu­nity for a lo­cal stu­dent to be ready for the work­place in such a promis­ing in­dus­try which is what the GenR8 pro­gram is all about.

“The ben­e­fits for coun­cil and the re­gion are job-ready can­di­dates and en­try-level job seek­ers who are mo­ti­vated and pre­pared to en­ter the work­force af­ter school.”

Kristina, 17, heard about GenR8 through her school, and jumped at the chance to par­tic­i­pate.

“It’s not very of­ten you are of­fered an op­por­tu­nity to gain a cer­ti­fied qual­i­fi­ca­tion with on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence,” Kristina said.

“For me it was a chance to see what else hap­pens out­side of school.

“It’s taught me things that I never knew.”

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