Year 10 students gallantly gave up the last week of their school holidays to get out into the workplace from the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane. With a couple of brave souls heading interstate! The students did themselves and the College proud, with employers animately telling us of their employability, interest and motivation.
It was a pleasure to visit the students in the workplace and hear employers sing their praises.
A small selection of quotes:
“Iris is polite, enthusiastic and willing.” Iris Rzoka was at the Coffee Club.
“Tamika has been excellent to have in our organisation. Her attitude towards the experience has been very positive, and she has also been very helpful with my workload, which was beyond what I expected.” Tamika Hallett was at Stack and Co Property Consultants.
“Max has been exceptional. A well-grounded young man who we are very impressed with. We would like to offer him a job!” Max Cashin was at Andrew’s Hitech Automotive.
“Madeleine is very polite and respectful, and I had customers commenting on how pleasant she was to deal with. I would employ her any day if I had a position. She has a bright future ahead of her!” Madeleine Mullins was at Kapability Solutions
Three students have been offered school-based apprenticeships or traineeships, and several have been offered casual employment.
The experience was invaluable in assisting the student’s decision-making before their Senior Education and Training (SET) plan meetings in the first three weeks of this term.
It was great to meet all the students individually with their parents to start to put the wheels in motion toward their future study and career aspirations.
Year 12s have been busy making their university applications and applying for scholarships and early offers. As I write this article, 14 students have already received their offer of a place in their desired university course before having even sat their external exams or received an ATAR. Congratulations!
Year 10 students have had two seminars from Elevate Education on applying for jobs and interview skills in preparation for several local business leaders coming to the College next term to interview the students and give them feedback on their performance and tips going forward. We hope to equip them with all the skills they need to stand out from the crowd when applying for their dream job.
I am proud to say our students already have many skills in this area, with all eight of our Year 10s that applied for a traineeship with Metro North Hospital Trust going through to the next round. These traineeships are extremely sought after, with around 280 applicants from schools all over SE Queensland competing for 30 spots. Good luck in your first round of interviews!
Carol McKee, Future Pathways Coordinator