Student tradies at work

Newton Moore Senior High School students enrolled in the highly successful school-based trainee program are providing a much needed boon to South West employers.

Since moving to the school three years ago, career education coordinator Alf Mungioli has made school-based traineeships and apprenticeships a priority – and students and local industries are now reaping the benefits.

“When I first arrived we only had four or five students taking part in the program,” Mr Mungioli said.

“I’ve seen first hand the benefit that school-based traineeships and apprenticeships provide to both students and local employers and made enhancing the program one of my main focuses.”

The effort has paid off, with more than 20 students registered as school-based trainees in 2012. More are expected to sign up this year.

School-based trainees spend two days a week working towards a traineeship or apprenticeship while completing school VET requirements part-time.

Year 12 student Josh Olsen impressed carpenter Ray Collins during a work experience stint last year and has since commenced a school-based apprenticeship with him.

“I think it’s a great program,” Mr Collins said

“The Government incentives for taking on school-based trainees make it affordable to employers and the kids leave school with a Certificate II in whatever they’re studying at school while also completing one year of an apprenticeship.”

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