Re­gional ca­reers on of­fer

Stu­dents tour town for fu­ture

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­can@chin­chillanews.com.au

CHIN­CHILLA’S high school stu­dents have traipsed around town to get the scoop on fu­ture ca­reers right here in the West­ern Downs. The BEST Ig­nite Your

Fu­ture Tour is a Chin­chilla Com­mu­nity Com­merce and In­dus­try Inc ini­tia­tive which was or­gan­ised to give Year 11 and 12 stu­dents a look at lo­cal ca­reer op­tions, by meet­ing with a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses in the area last Thurs­day.

About 100 stu­dents jumped on buses to tour the town, check­ing out op­por­tu­ni­ties in STEM, health, agri­cul­ture, arts and me­dia, and even min­ing, as some took the drive out to Cameby Downs Mine.

The first group of eight – six from Chin­chilla State High School and two from Chin­chilla Chris­tian Col­lege, had the chance to tour the site, check out the mine’s pit, take a look at some heavy ma­chin­ery and speak with cur­rent ap­pren­tices.

For Chin­chilla State High School Year 11 stu­dent Coby Calleja, it was an eye-open­ing trip.

“It’s a re­ally good ex­pe­ri­ence for us kids to get out and ex­plore and get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how the Yan­coal op­er­a­tion works and we’re able to get a bet­ter per­spec­tive of all the op­por­tu­ni­ties that are avail­able for us,” Coby said.

“It was re­ally good for us kids to see this type of thing so close to home and re­ally be­ing able to ap­pre­ci­ate what’s within our re­gion and the jobs that are avail­able for us to re­ally, if we wanted to, grasp and stay within the re­gion to make it a bet­ter place.”

Chin­chilla State High School teacher Noel Dea­con agreed.

He said it was great to give stu­dents a real-world ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I think it’s good, it gets them out of the class­room – a fairly structured, some­times false en­vi­ron­ment – (into the) real world as we call it, and broad­ens their hori­zons so they can see what else is out there,” Mr Dea­con said.

“Their ex­pe­ri­ence is not as wide as we would like so this gives them an op­por­tu­nity to get the right ex­pe­ri­ence.”

While some stu­dents donned their hard hats, oth­ers looked at the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties around town.

Chin­chilla State High School Year 11 stu­dent El­lie Richards went to the coun­cil of­fice in Chin­chilla to hear speak­ers dis­cuss ca­reers in tech­nol­ogy and early child­hood.

“It was re­ally in­for­ma­tive, and it’s re­ally great to have that op­por­tu­nity to know where you want to work, and know what path­ways and how to get into them,” El­lie said.

“I spoke to some Year 12s of my friends, they’re ac­tu­ally quite jeal­ous that they didn’t get the op­por­tu­nity so I think we’re re­ally lucky es­pe­cially to have peo­ple from busi­nesses in our lo­cal area come and chat to us about op­por­tu­ni­ties in their ar­eas of work, be­cause of­ten peo­ple don’t know what’s right in front of them,” she said.

“In­stead of look­ing to go study or work some­where out­side of our town ’cause we’re not sure what’s in here and what we can use here, it was good to learn about what we can do in our lo­cal area, so that was re­ally ben­e­fi­cial.”

It was good to learn about what we can do in our lo­cal area. — El­lie Richards

PHOTO: BROOKE DUN­CAN

LOOK­ING AHEAD: Chin­chilla Year 11 and 12 stu­dents get a tour of Cameby Downs Mine as part of the BEST Ig­nite Your Fu­ture Tour.

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