Improving chances for future careers
ABOUT 28 Mareeba students are furthering their chances in the workforce by completing certifications while at school.
More than 100 students are completing courses across the Tablelands including 28 in Mareeba.
St Stephen’s Catholic College and Mareeba State High School students are happy to gain experience and an understanding of the profession they will be heading into after graduating year 12.
St Stephen’s Catholic College year 12 student Mikaela Brandimarte has completed her certificate two in health support assistance and is now completing her certificate three.
She said she and her classmates, who have completed the same certificates, can now get jobs as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) and it will also help if they choose to move on to university with credits towards their degree.
“We went to an aged care home and completed 80 hours of work over two weeks,” she said.
“We helped with bathing, feeding, mobility and read resident’s patient care plans.
“Now we are able to work in an aged care facility as an AIN and assist nurses.”
St Stephen’s Catholic College year 12 student Hanna Tudini said working in an aged care facility was eye opening.
“It wasn’t what we thought but it was a good insight into what we can be doing in the future,” she said.
St Stephen’s Catholic Col- lege VET officer Julie Goleby said students are currently completing tafe courses in electrotechnology, health support, hospitality, automotive, engineering and more.
She said about 20 students from the school are currently completing TAFE Queensland courses.
“Doing these courses gives them work skills and work readiness so they are ready once they leave school,” she said.
Each year, students in year 11 and 12 are offered opportunities with TAFE Queensland as part of their TAFE at School program.
TAFE Queensland North Region General Manager, Joann Pyne said students are currently completing their final semester of TAFE at School programs for their chosen career paths.
“TAFE at School allows students to gain a nationally recognised qualification as well as credit towards their Queensland Certificate of Education,” she said.
“TAFE at School allows students to gain a nationally recognised qualification as well as credit towards their Queensland Certificate of Education.
“When an apprentice comes to TAFE Queensland for training, their workplace still pays their wages.
“Recruiting an apprentice who has already mastered the basics, means that student may spend less time training on campus and more time in the workplace, earning money for their employer.”
To find out more about the TAFE at School program talk to your high school’s VET officer or look at the 2018 TAFE at School Course Guide online at www.tafenorth.edu.au/tafeatschool.
Students are now enrolling in the 2018 TAFE at School program.
Doing these courses gives them work skills and work readiness so they are ready once they leave school. VET officer Julie Goleby
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Mareeba St Stephen's Catholic College students are happy to be furthering their skills in certified course to give them a boost when they enter the work force.