27 August 2015
Kevin Sheedy and former Assumption student Caitlin Maher were guest speakers at our school-based apprenticeship breakfast for employers on August 12. The aim of the breakfast, in the Marlhes Restaurant, was to promote to employers the benefits of giving students from the nine schools in the Lower Hume VET cluster the opportunity to work, earn money, finish year 12 and gain a nationally-recognised certificate.
Over 50 people attended the function, and the VET hospitality students did a wonderful catering job along with VET events students who helped, and student photographer Daniel Callinan who took photos (see below).
The former Bombers coach is an ambassador for school-based apprenticeships, and he spoke of the transferable skills students gain while doing an apprenticeship or traineeship. Having started his career as an apprentice plumber Sheedy knows what it can mean to an employer and how it can help their business. He said bosses can make young people think and encourage them to follow their dreams. He said that "adding a school-based apprentice to your business is like adding two on the interchange bench; it gives more young people the opportunity to get ahead".
Caitlin told of how she studied VET Allied Health in years 10 and 11 and then did a school-based apprenticeship with Willowmeade Aged Care in year 12. She won Victorian School-based Apprentice of the Year in 2014 and went on to represented Victoria in the Australian Training Awards in Adelaide. She is now studying nursing at RMIT University and still works for Willowmeade part-time.
Rob Paladino from Making Apprenticeships Simple (MAS) National spoke about government incentives available to employers to take on school-based apprentices.
Employers wanting to offer students a school-based apprenticeship should phone their local secondary school and speak to their VET and SBAT Coordinator.
There are still some VET students who have not completed their five days of work placement for their VET courses. These students need to download the structured workplace learning form from the Careers section of the ACK library website. It's under the Safe at work logo. They must use the SWPL form (not the work-experience form), and submit it by Thursday, September 10. No late forms will be accepted for placement in the September holidays.
Students have been told about employers offering school-based apprenticeships in early childhood education and care, in education support, in business, in warehousing and media. To apply, students need to give me their applications by Monday, August 31. Those wanting t do an SBAT have to find an employer who will take them on one day a week and pay them. As mentioned above, employers who give students these opportunities are eligible for government incentives. Please contact me for urther information.
Senior subject selection is now finalised. Our current year 9s will complete their selections on Monday August 31. The online portal closes at 11.59pm sharp that night. The final day for students to hand in their signed forms is Tuesday, September 1. Any student or parent needing assistance please contact me.
Carol Fisher - VET and SBAT Coordinator