Experience in the workforce

By Cobram Courier

Four students from St Mary of the Angels Secondary College, Nathalia, spent the school holidays doing anything but relaxing, each completing a week of work experience.

The Year 10 students from Cobram — Luca Allen, Te’a Slatterie, Dempsey Nye and Ellie Clydesdale — each had a taste of what life might be like after they complete their schooling.

Te’a, Dempsey and Ellie found themselves nurturing the leaders of tomorrow in the classrooms of St Joseph’s Primary School.

Te’a, who was helping out with the Prep class, said she could see herself ‘‘possibly’’ being a teacher one day, but her dream job was to become a lawyer.

‘‘I wanted to see what teaching was like, because as a kid you spend your whole life in the education system and I wanted to see the other side of it,’’ she said.

‘‘The kids are all different and were really impressive, to be honest. The week was really good but I don’t think I could do it, the teachers have so much patience.’’

Ellie was more certain about becoming a teacher and really enjoyed helping the Years 5 and 6 students, especially with the English-based subjects.

Dempsey, who was assisting the Years 3 and 4 students, went to St Joseph’s and said it was nice to see her old teachers.

While she enjoyed the students’ company, she was unsure if she would pursue a career in the field.

Luca spent his week at Avery Cabinets and it was not the first time he had been on the tools, having completed some work experience at the same business last year.

Luca did not have to be reminded of the quality of the workplace he was walking into, as the team at Avery Cabinets fitted his parents’ kitchen.

He said while he loved his time putting drawers together and going out on-site, he was not 100 per cent sure if it would be his first option for work down the track.

‘‘It’s interesting. I think my first preference would be to go to university, but I would consider doing a trade if that didn’t work out,’’ Luca said.

His boss for the week and business owner Nic Avery was hoping Luca might lean towards a career on the tools one day.

‘‘He has been really good. He’s got a great attitude and works to a high standard for someone who hasn’t done a heap of this sort of stuff,’’ Mr Avery said.

The school placed 80 students in workplaces, with many others from Cobram and throughout the region, school Pathways leader Maggie Booth said.

‘‘The community is very responsive to taking our students onboard and the employers always give them a great experience and a taste of what different industries are like,’’ she said.