A group of Leeton High students are kicking goals and planning ahead, proving that tertiary education is not the be all and end all.
The WIN program provided 34 Year 10 students the opportunity aims to provide workplace-based learning for students who don’t wish to take up tertiary education at the end of their studies, but wish to pick up a trade or similar pathway.
Students received certificates at a school assembly before enjoying morning tea with host employers on Tuesday morning.
The event capped off 10 yweeks of on-the-job training for students, in conjunction with several MIA businesses.
Students say the program has helped them with jobs and planning their futures.
For Kurt Bloomfield, experience gained during the work experience helped him get an apprenticeship.
“I was able to get a lot of experience welding. It helped me get my apprenticeship in welding.”
Caitlin Garth says placement at a vet’s clinic helped her decide what she wants to do with her future.
“I had a lot of fun. I really enjoyed working there. I was able to learn how to prep animals and sit on on general consults as well,” she said.
“I know what I’m going into now. It gives me some experience and it helps me know what I’ll be doing on a daily basis.”
Caitlin will continue veterinary studies through TAFE next year and hopes to be accepted for a traineeship.
Program organisers said students were also given mock interviews to help prepare themselves for their post-school job search.
Students were placed in hospitality, hairdressing, retail, electrical, childcare, agriculture, and many other temporary occupations across Leeton Shire.