St Cather­ine’s stu­dents test their fu­tures in work­force

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ST CATHER­INE’S Year 10 stu­dents were out and about in the com­mu­nity last week en­gag­ing in an ex­cit­ing and pro­duc­tive work ex­pe­ri­ence week.

St Cather­ine’s stu­dents were placed with em­ploy­ers to gain in­sights into the in­dus­try and the work­place in which they are lo­cated.

The week pro­vides stu­dents with the valu­able op­por­tu­nity to de­velop em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills and ex­plore pos­si­ble ca­reer op­tions.

“The Year 10 work ex­pe­ri­ence week al­lows stu­dents to se­lect place­ments ac­cord­ing to their fu­ture oc­cu­pa­tional as­pi­ra­tions and is a very worth­while part of our school cal­en­dar,” St Cather­ine’s VET co-ordinator Melissa Pep­per said.

Mrs Pep­per planned and fa­cil­i­tated the work place­ments from Mackay to Air­lie Beach for the stu­dents.

“Al­ready there have been fur­ther em­ploy­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties come out of this ex­pe­ri­ence for our stu­dents.”

On their re­turn to St Cather­ine’s, stu­dents and their fam­i­lies are now mov­ing into SET plan­ning mode.

Many con­ver­sa­tions around their fu­ture will now take place.

“Hope­fully the work ex­pe­ri­ence week has been able to an­swer some ques­tions, but raise many more,” deputy prin­ci­pal cur­ricu­lum Phil McIn­tosh said when ex­plain­ing the new Queens­land Se­nior Syl­labus at a re­cent in­for­ma­tion evening for all Year 10 par­ents and stu­dents.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

ON THE JOB: St Cather­ine's Col­lege stu­dents at Wil­mar Sugar.

Brylee Jensen at Proser­pine Vet Surgery.

Bella Pini at Queens­land X-Ray.

Stu­dent An­nalise Bar­baroD'Amarto at Brian Poschelk Den­tal.

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