In 2015 we have eight senior students enrolled in various programs through the HEADSTART program, at the University of the Sunshine Coast. This program supports Glasshouse Christian College’s approach to academic excellence, and catering for the tertiary aspiration needs of many of our students.
Today’s university graduates are taking longer to secure their first post graduation job and to do so, they need to think laterally about where their tertiary qualification can take them. Hence there is significant merit in a student leaving Year 12 and pursuing a dual degree i.e. Law/Journalism to increase employment prospects. (Grad Stats, www.graduatecareers.com.au).
Universities are also increasingly offering ‘internships’ as a practical component within their degrees within a company or organization, so that there is more alignment between the degree and industry needs i.e. Mining, Engineering.
Figures recently supplied by the ABS have shown the following most popular industry areas and the average salary for that industry:-
The most popular female industries are: 1. Health Care & Social Assistance ($67,512) 2. Retail Trade ($54,100) 3. Education and Training ($80,714) 4. Accommodation and Food Services ($54,501) 5. Professional, Scientific & Technical Services ($89,242)
The most popular industries for males are: 1. Construction, ($75,000)
- Manufacturing, ($67,308) 3. Retail Trade ($54,100) 4. Professional, Scientific& Technical Services ($89,242) 5. Transport Postal & Warehousing ($75,010)
In 2015 we have already signed up students in the following school based traineeship/apprenticeship areas: Diesel Mechanics, Electrotechnology, Information Technology Support, Sport and Recreation, Optical Dispensary.
At this stage the free post Year 12 Certificate III GUARANTEE qualification is still on offer. However, there are certain conditions which must be met to qualify for this course.
On the 9 March we had three female students go to the Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC) for the ‘Girls day out try-a-trade day’. The girls were given hands on experience in seven out of eight trade areas. Feedback from those students was extremely positive.
TAFE online courses that students are currently enrolled in include: Digital Media and Information Services with a Library focus and Children’s Services.
Some key principles with Traineeships.
A key principle in Traineeships is that ‘school comes first’ therefore the Traineeship will have to complement student commitments at the College.
This could for example look like spare periods being assigned to the trainee, in order for the theory component of the course to be completed. The importance of the ‘school-parent partnership’ in terms of the role of parents in monitoring the TAFE component of the traineeship cannot be underestimated.
I would like to remind students that when a TAFE Certificate is completed, students will often assume we have a copy of that certificate. That is incorrect. Ensure you make available to us your certificates for photocopying so our College records are accurate for Government data collecting purposes.
Any outstanding Work Experience Agreement Forms must be returned signed by the employer, otherwise you will not be allowed onto that workplace site. This form is a legal requirement.
The closing date for applications for The High School Health Care Engagement Program (HSHCEP) is 27 March. The link for applications is 2015:- http://wired.ivvy.com/event/RSLFCD/
You can also find this on Connect under Future Pathways/Expos Events Open Days section. Please note that GCCC Students will be looking at the second round dates of 23 and 24 July 2015 and the program is run at Nambour General Hospital.
Students interested in pursuing medicine and other health courses need to sit the UMAT on 29 July 2015. MedEntry is a government accredited Registered Training Organisation specialising in UMAT preparation. MedEntry offers discounts and numerous scholarships. For more information, please visit www.MedEntry.edu.au
A link to MedEntry can also be found on Connect under Future Pathways / Uni Options.
Paul Nash, Future Pathways Coordinator