Traineeships opening doors
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.”