Stu­dents get head start

Biloela teens earn­ing and learn­ing through school-based trainee­ships

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Macken­zie Colahan Macken­

BA­NANA small busi­ness own­ers are call­ing on the busi­ness com­mu­nity to sup­port the re­gion’s fu­ture by in­vest­ing in school-based trainee and ap­pren­tice­ships.

Queens­land Year 11 and 12 stu­dents can boost their em­ploy­ment prospects by gain­ing real-world, on-the-job ex­pe­ri­ence.

As part of their stud­ies, stu­dents at Biloela State High School are un­der­tak­ing 12 months of paid train­ing, where they must com­plete a min­i­mum of 375 hours

(50 days) of em­ploy­ment, gen­er­ally one day a week.

They fin­ish with a na­tion­ally recog­nised Cer­tifi­cate III in their se­lected field, with op­tions in­clud­ing hospi­tal­ity, busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion, re­tail, diesel fit­ting, en­gi­neer­ing, plumb­ing, build­ing and con­struc­tion, ware­hous­ing, meat pro­cess­ing and com­mer­cial cook­ery.

Biloela cafe owner Ivan Prado has taken on Biloela hospi­tal­ity stu­dent Ree­gan Arm­strong and said the pro­gram was a win-win for lo­cal busi­ness.

“The com­mu­nity needs to know about it and other busi­nesses should do the same,” Mr Prado said.

“It ben­e­fits the kids, the econ­omy and lo­cal busi­ness.

“Peo­ple are re­ly­ing on wel­fare and oth­ers com­plain about un­em­ploy­ment but there are so many busi­nesses look­ing for staff to hire.”

A spokesper­son for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion said in­dus­try train­ing is a great way to earn and learn, giv­ing stu­dents a head start in their ca­reer while still at school.

“At Biloela State High School, there are cur­rently 16 stu­dents un­der­tak­ing school-based trainee­ships and 12 stu­dents un­der­tak­ing school-based ap­pren­tice­ships,” they said.

“Three stu­dents from these pro­grams have trans­ferred into full-time em­ploy­ment this year.”

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