It’s not something you often dream of, but a group of high school students are actually looking for work.
In fact, 21 students enrolled in the Year 10 Vocational Learning Program (VLP) at Byron High School are seeking local businesses willing to engage them on work placements for a period of up to eight weeks at a time. These work placements will commence during March and students will be required to attend the work placements each Friday.
These students have a wide variety of requests for experience in industries from building through to hairdressing. Businesses involved would be required to provide the students with employment-related workplace skills and an understanding of the work environment. The VLP students are between 15 and 16 years of age.
Vocational Learning prepares students with the skills they require to participate in life, education and work beyond the school environment. The aim of the program is to give students ‘real-life’ challenges in problem solving, futures planning, and teach them critical skills, techniques and procedures for learning, work and life.
The Vocational Learning Program students will be exposed to an array of experiences within and outside the classroom. These will include guest speakers, excursions, careers counselling, work experience, industry visits, mentoring, team projects, research projects, personal development programs, physical activities, community-based learning and service learning. They will also be engaged in obtaining industry certificates throughout the year, including barista courses and First Aid training.
BUDDI team leader Nicqui Yazdi, who is engaged as a mentor for the VLP students, said, ‘This is such an exciting opportunity for these young students. They are a great bunch of young people and all really looking forward to getting into their work placements. For the businesses, it will be a wonderful project for them, providing real skills to these young people in order to help them gain a better understanding of the various types of career paths that will be available to them in the future.’
Businesses wishing to be involved in work placements for the VLP students can contact Nicqui Yazdi on 0402 013 177 or email [email protected] for more information.