Students set to work

EXPERIENCE: Lisa Crick, Ethan Shultz and John Stephens during the Cootamundra High School year 11 student’s placement at Wattle Hire. Ethan was able to learn valuable skills while on placement. Picture: contributed. A number of Cootamundra High School students have gained valuable employmentskills by taking part in the school’s work placement program.
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Catherine Alderman from the high school and Leanne McGrath from Compact organised the placements forVET studentsin various fields including hospitality, construction, healthcare and information technology.

Year 11 student Ethan Schultz took part in the program. Hecompleted a successful placement at Wattle Hire.

Ethan assisted in editing and updatingWattle Hire’s websitewhichinvolved uploading photos and preparing product listings and prices.

He also createda promotional video for the business that is likely to be used well into the future.

Wattle Hire’sLisa Crick was delighted with Ethan’s performance.

“He settled in really well and was confident in his ability and intalking to others and management.I’dhighly recommend him to any employer,” she said.

Ben Wright, another student at Cootamundra High,was also involved in the program.

He completed a week-long placement at the Cootamundra Library as part of his IT studies.

Ben was kept busy during the week helping out members of the public with their iPads and computers. He was also involved in designing and formatting this month’s library newsletter.

Ben said that he thoroughly enjoyedthe opportunity to put his IT competencies into practice and was also able toexperience other aspects of library activities.

This included reading to youngchildren, assisting people with book choices and being involved in the borrowing and returnsprocess.

The placements gave all students opportunities to put the skills that they had learned at school into practice but also gave them a chance to learn outside of the classroom.

The program coincides with National Skills Weekwhich runs from August 29 to September 4.

The week is designed to raise the profile of practical and vocational learning.

Minister for education and training Simon Birmingham emphasized the importance of practical learning.

“National Skills Week is an exciting opportunity to celebrate and reflect on how important vocational education and training is,” he said.

The placement program sets students up with valuable skills for the future.

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