Im­prov­ing chances for fu­ture ca­reers

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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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Pic­ture: Bron­wyn Wheatcroft

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.

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