Is school for everyone?
Over my many years of working in the VET sector with training and then as an apprenticeship centre and employment agency, I often came across young adults that simply said that they didn't like school and they just wanted to work. Is this a bad thing? Is school for everyone?
The best part about these scenarios would have to be that there are so many options out there for kids these days, but do we all know what they are?
At My Plan Connect we offer employment support and school Leaver employment support for kids and adults living with a disability.
I see these programs run everywhere around Australia and the crazy part is a lot of the time they are put back into a classroom (something a lot were trying to avoid).
My Plan Connect program offers a tailored program for our participants and we work with private registered training organisations - these training providers come to Leeton and train on the job.
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This is where they want to be, in the workforce.
Have you heard about school-based apprenticeships? These are the best way to get into a trade or office or whatever your child may desire.
You kick start your apprenticeship or traineeship whilst attending school and then have one day in paid work with the employer.
Great way to keep young adults engaged in school if they do wish to pursue years 10, 11 or 12 but find a full five days a little overwhelming. They also come out of school well on their way to a completed certificate.
Is their mental health more important then completing year 10? We have just employed the best young lady at My Plan Connect, and do we mind that she has only completed year 9?
Absolutely not. Her work ethic is outstanding.
She will be completing her Certificate 3 in community services with some business administration units.
We have engaged with the transition to work program here in Leeton, to ensure that she is well supported on every level.
The RTO delivering the traineeship will be coming into the workplace as the classroom is not where this amazing young lady wants to be and her mental health since leaving school is improving every day.
It just goes to show that school is not for everyone and that not all successful people require their HSC.
These are just some examples. So, let's stop and think about what the future looks like for our young ones and maybe the "normal" school path isn't for everyone?
We are all different and that's what makes the world such an exciting place, let's stop trying to put round pegs in square holes.
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