South Burnett Times - - SOUTH BURNETT SCHOOL NEWS -

MUR­GON State High School and lo­cal busi­nesses are work­ing to­gether to de­liver im­proved vo­ca­tional out­comes.

Con­nec­tions to lo­cal busi­nesses are em­bed­ded in the Mur­gon State High School cur­ricu­lum in the form of work ex­pe­ri­ence and school- based trainee­ships, which help the de­vel­op­ment of em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills, more re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions of work, bet­ter de­ci­sion- mak­ing about study and ca­reer op­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture em­ploy­ment.

Lo­cal busi­nesses are ben­e­fit­ing in a range of ways, in­clud­ing pro­fes­sional learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ees and the per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion that comes from see­ing stu­dents grow in skills, knowl­edge, self- con­fi­dence and real world ex­pe­ri­ence.

A per­fect ex­am­ple how strong school- busi­ness re­la­tion­ships can help shape a fu­ture and ca­reer is Mur­gon State High School’s part­ner­ship with Raj’s Cafe in Lamb St, Mur­gon.

Stu­dent Tay­lah Ber­lin com­pleted her Cert III in Hospi­tal­i­ties un­der the guid­ance of Raj Begeda.

Raj was ex­tremely sat­is­fied with the school- based trainee­ship pro­gram. Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to teach, men­tor and en­cour­age Tay­lah through­out the trainee­ship was both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally re­ward­ing. Raj is en­cour­ag­ing all lo­cal busi­nesses to par­tic­i­pate in the trainee­ship pro­gram.

Tay­lah re­ported that the trainee­ship pro­vided her with the op­por­tu­nity to gain greater skills and knowl­edge in hospi­tal­ity, it was a tan­gi­ble way for em­bed­ding the skills learnt in the­ory into prac­tice, pro­vided bet­ter knowl­edge of oc­cu­pa­tional health and safety is­sues, pro­vided her with the skills nec­es­sary in the work­place and im­proved her em­ploy­a­bil­ity.

This trainee­ship also led to Tay­lah se­cur­ing on­go­ing em­ploy­ment with Raj’s. Tay­lah en­cour­ages all stu­dents to heav­ily con­sider a school- based trainee­ship.

Tay­lah has con­tin­ued to build on her suc­cess by be­ing awarded the John Good­child Memo­rial Award.

This award is to recog­nise and re­ward a school- based trainee or ap­pren­tice who has been in­den­tured for a min­i­mum of 12 months.

The re­cip­i­ent must have ex­cel­lent at­ten­dance; con­sis­tent ef­fort, be­hav­iour and re­sults; demon­strate a ma­ture man­ner; and set a pos­i­tive ex­am­ple for fu­ture school- based trainees.


HANDS- ON: Mur­gon State High School stu­dent Tay­lah Ber­lin and Raj Begeda at Raj’s Cafe.

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