Students get head start
Biloela teens earning and learning through school-based traineeships
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.”