Work-based learning is an important component of the Work Readiness Pathway and students who choose this pattern of study in Years 11 and 12 complete over 100 hours of work-based learning as part of their VET and Work Studies courses.
Instead of sitting HSC trial exams, Year 12 Work Readiness Pathway students complete two weeks of Work Experience with an employer of their choice. This comes at a time when students are starting to make decisions about what they will do when they finish school.
Work Experience is always incredibly valuable and gives our students an opportunity to explore connections between their school studies and career pathways, while also assisting them to become more aware of the realities of the workplace.
“Working with an electrician was definitely something new to me. I had to wake up at 5:30am, get ready, get there and start working at 6:30am. Work experience teaches you to work hard and get ready for real life.” Ethan Dillon
“Working at cards4all taught me important skills about graphic design, for example how to use vector based programs.” Brock Foster
“I had an amazing time and loved every minute of my time at McGrath. Although Covid made it a little difficult and it was much slower than normal, I still had an idea of what it would be like as a real estate agent. This experience taught me that if I want to be financially comfortable I have to work hard, work long hours and give up a small part of my social life.” Braeleigh Jones
It is always a pleasure to read students’ Assessment Reports when they return to school.
“Couldn’t have asked for a better student, keen to learn, good person to have around, easy going and super passionate. Bring on the apprenticeship!” Grampa Ed Barber Shop
“Clients and staff loved her. Immaculate dress and arrived 15 minutes early each day. I was very impressed”. Harlequin Hair Studio One
“An absolute willing worker and I commend him for his enthusiasm.” CM Media
The College would like to thank the following businesses who supervised students on their Work Experience blocks: Grampa Ed Barbershop, EJ Electrical Works, Cards4All, Elfords Electrical, St James Primary School, St Augustine Primary School, AJ Wilcox Air & Electrical, O’Brian Plumbing, Apex Pro Scooters, McGrath Coolangatta/Tweed Heads, Mist Gallery, Harlequin Hair Studio One, CM Media, and Pump N Mechanical.
Ms Hannah Lindschau
Work Readiness Pathway Teacher