Training for future

GYMPIE State High School recently played host to a number of local business owners and employers of their School-based Apprentices and Trainees (SAT) at a morning tea to recognise their contribution to the program and to celebrate the students' achievements.

Trainers from various training organisations charged with overseeing the training component of the qualifications, joined the students and their parents at the morning tea in the Cybrary.

The morning tea was an opportunity for all stakeholders involved in the School-based Apprentices and Trainees' program to get together and see first hand the positive impact the program has on students wanting to gain skills and a qualification in a chosen field while still at school.

Principal Murray Wegner thanked the employers for attending and commented on how valued their support for the program was.

Mr Wegner said 21 of the 70 students participating in the SAT's program were undertaking Certificate III (Apprenticeship) qualifications.

Year 12 student Joshua Cumner spoke about his school-based carpentry apprenticeship which sees him work one day a week while completing five subjects are school.

At the end of Year 12 in a few months time, Joshua will move into his carpentry apprenticeship full-time.

He invited the three newest Certificate II in Automotive trainees (MIGAS/Action Auto Group) to cut the cake in celebration of all school-based apprentices and trainees in 2010.

Gympie High has 15 Year 10 students completing a SAT, with 36 Year 11s and 22 Year 12s completing qualifications.

Each year, the number of students participating in the program continues to grow, allowing students to find suitable pathways to become life-long learners and valuable members of the community.

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