Skilled-up stu­dents mark na­tional week

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE -

NA­TIONAL Skills Week was marked from Au­gust 27 to Septem­ber 2, pay­ing homage to stu­dents work­ing through Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing.

This year’s theme was Real Skills for Real Ca­reers, high­light­ing the di­verse range of VET qual­i­fi­ca­tions on offer for peo­ple of all ages.

At St Joseph’s School 28 stu­dents in Years 10, 11 and 12 are un­der­tak­ing an ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship while study­ing.

Year 12 student Brody Pearce is com­plet­ing her school-based ap­pren­tice­ship with Cuts n Curls.

“It is so lovely hav­ing Brody work with us. Brody works each Wed­nes­day and it’s great hav­ing her here through the work­ing week,” salon man­ager Kay­lah Leahy said.

“Brody is an ab­so­lute plea­sure to work with. We have had at least six stu­dents on trainee­ship in the past years and they have all been a suc­cess.”

Brody’s work with Cuts n Curls will con­tinue af­ter she grad­u­ates and she will be a qual­i­fied hair­dresser in 18 months’ time.

A trainee­ship takes two years to com­plete and stu­dents grad­u­ate from school with two years of work ex­pe­ri­ence, as well as a pos­si­ble qual­i­fi­ca­tion. Ap­pren­tice­ships take longer and can of­ten con­tinue into a full-time po­si­tion af­ter Year 12.

Stu­dents usu­ally spend one day at work, which is paid, and an­other day com­plet­ing stud­ies through a reg­is­tered train­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion, while work­ing on a mod­i­fied school timetable.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HEAD START: Schools took part in Na­tional Skill Week re­cently.

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