'Maths equals success'

YEAR 9 students from across the region have participated in a program at TAFE NSW Riverina Institute Leeton Campus to help them with their future career path.

The Maths At Work Day held last week gave students the opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions, which provided them with a better understanding of mathematics in trade areas.

Students from Leeton High, St Francis College, Narrandera High and Yanco Agricultural High School could choose from nine trade workshops.

These workshops included aged care/nursing, business services, civil construction, electrical, fitting and machinery, hairdressing, metals and engineering, primary industries and retail.

Throughout the days, students learned why mathematics taught at school is important and relevant to many careers and areas of trade.

Teachers also benefited from the workshops by taking the various trade requirements and relating them to mathematics in the classroom.

TAFE school liaison officer Josie Marks said the day gave students a better perspective on maths.

"Students don't quite understand how important maths is in the trade areas, so we have this day to encourage them to keep maths while at school," Ms Marks said.

"The program has run for six years and it's really good. I have had students come to me at TAFE and tell me that they have kept maths after doing the Maths At Work Day.

"TAFE then gets to show students what courses and careers are available at the campus. We also have flyers handed out that encourage students to consider the future and opportunities at TAFE."

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