Skilled-up students mark national week
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.
HEAD START: Schools took part in National Skill Week recently.