Trainee­ships open­ing doors

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

HE is just 16, but that has not stopped a lo­cal teenager from seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity to be­gin a two-year mul­ti­me­dia trainee­ship.

Cloverdale’s David Coyne is one of the first stu­dents to be­gin a Cer­tifi­cate II in Cre­ative In­dus­tries, of­fered by Mid­land-based not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion Brothaboy.

Brothaboy founder An­drew Tay­lor said the two-year trainee­ships were fo­cused on en­cour­ag­ing Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents to stay in school and com­plete their Year 12 stud­ies.

“Our trainee­ships are tar­geted at dis­ad­van­taged in­dige­nous stu­dents to en­able them to ac­cess qual­ity education in a cul­tur­ally in­clu­sive en­vi­ron­ment, while at the same time giv­ing them tools and con­fi­dence to take full ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties be­fore them,” Mr Tay­lor said.

Trainees also at­tend Bel­mont City Col­lege to com­plete their years 11 and 12 stud­ies.

At the end of the course, Brothaboy as­sists the stu­dents to find full­time em­ploy­ment.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to ul­ti­mately in­spire and sup­port young Abo­rig­i­nal stu­dents to gain a vo­ca­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tion and stay in school,” Mr Tay­lor said.

David started the trainee­ship in May and said it was chal­leng­ing and in­ter­est­ing.

“It’s a great course – I’m re­ally en­joy­ing the Pho­to­shop tech­niques we’re learn­ing be­cause I’m re­ally keen to do graphic de­sign when I fin­ish school,” he said.

“It’s been great to gain this op­por­tu­nity and I think all of us are look­ing for­ward to learn­ing more.”

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