Teens begin trade education
JACK Brown’s dream of becoming an electrician is a little closer to reality after he was initiated into a program that turns teenagers into trade-ready employees.
Jack was one of 17 Maryborough High Year 11 students to be welcomed into the school’s Pre-Trade program last week.
“This will get us ready for a full-time job in a trade,” Jack (pictured) said.
“We study engineering, boat-building, furnishing and industrial graphics plus maths and English.
“When we finish the practical subjects we get a Certificate II in all of them.”
Entry to the program was just like applying for a job. Students had to write an application letter, submit a resume and go through an interview before being accepted.
“This course gives us the same outcome as if we had been to TAFE,” Jack said.
“When something like this pops up you’ve just got to take it.
“I enjoy engineering but I want to be an electrician. This is the best opportunity for me to get an apprenticeship as an electrician.”
The program is sponsored by the MRAEL Group, a group training company that employs apprentices and trainees and places them with host employers.
Apprentice specialist Stacey Foster presented the students with their uniforms, which they are expected to wear every school day.
Maryborough High’s head of department for vocational education, Richard Jack, said the program ran just like a business and students who didn’t meet expectations would be fired and sent back to mainstream schooling.
“This is about working together, as a group and as a team,” he said.
“There are rules and responsibilities.
“We’ve got good industry links and the whole idea is to get these students out into the industry and get them a full-time job.”