Con­fi­dence booster

STU­DENTS GET TO WORK

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A WORK­PLACE train­ing pro­gram has changed “the cul­ture of ex­pec­ta­tion” for stu­dents at Port School, ac­cord­ing to VET co-or­di­na­tor Steph Daniell.

The pro­gram, which is run through the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, places stu­dents in paid part-time trainee­ships while they fin­ish high school.

With stu­dents from the Hamil­ton Hill school gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in a num­ber of fields, Ms Daniell said the pro­gram had done won­ders for stu­dent con­fi­dence over the last year.

“The big­ger pic­ture in re­la­tion to this pro­gram is that it’s chang­ing the cul­ture of ex­pec­ta­tion for these young peo­ple and cre­at­ing a more as­pi­ra­tional school en­vi­ron­ment,” she said.

“It started with me pro­mot­ing the pro­gram to stu­dents.

“It’s now shifted, in a year, to them ap­proach­ing me with what they want to do work­wise, so they’ve ac­tu­ally be­come pro-ac­tive in their own work path­ways.”

Stu­dent Ge­or­gia Bleach said her time with Dome Cock­burn had given her great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“It’s tak­ing a big step in life to ac­tu­ally work in that in­dus­try, put my­self out there, work with dif­fer­ent peo­ple and get used to ac­tu­ally work­ing so I have an idea of what it’s like,” she said. “It’s done so much for me.” Fel­low stu­dent Hay­ley O’Neill spends Thurs­days work­ing with dis­abil­ity ser­vice provider Ac­tiv, while Cameron Lloyd is gain­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with Port Kem­bla Tiles.

Conor Caserly works two days a week with Su­per Cheap Auto in Spearwood and hopes to be­come a me­chanic.

Crafts­man An­thony Docherty has em­ployed one Port School stu­dent as a fur­ni­ture-mak­ing trainee.

“I got men­tored as a young bloke out in the Wheat­belt and I al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated it,” he said.

“Be­fore this pro­gram I’d never had ap­pren­tices but I al­ways thought about pass­ing on what­ever I might have to give to young fel­las. I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant.”

Fre­man­tle MHR Josh Wil­son said the pro­gram was per­fect for stu­dents at the school.

“This trainee ini­tia­tive con­tin­ues Port School’s amaz­ing work in help­ing at-risk kids to get ed­u­cated, find work, and feel loved and val­ued in their com­mu­nity,” he said.

Port School, in Hamil­ton Hill, aims to en­gage at-risk stu­dents who have not been able to achieve suc­cess in main­stream set­tings.

Stu­dents Ge­or­gia Bleach, Hay­ley O’Neill, Cameron Lloyd and Conor Casserly with prin­ci­pal Barry Finch, men­tor An­thony Docherty, VET co-or­di­na­tor Steph Daniell and MP Josh Wil­son.

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