It’s been a busy few weeks in Business Services. Year 12 have been preparing for the Trial HSC examinations, while Year 11 are completing their second assessment task. This has all been taking place while we’ve had Year 10 visits, Enrolment Open Night and traineeship sign ups.
A big thank you goes out to the Year 11 and 12 students who participated in the Enrolment Open Night. Year 11 students assisted with booking interviews and providing information on tours. It was a great prelude to the customer service unit of work they are about to begin. Year 12 students were on hand in the Business Services display to talk to parents about their Newman Senior Technical College experience. Caitlin Black and Emma Avery discussed the positive impact Newman had on their career choice by changing their study plan once realising their initial career plans weren’t for them. Caitlin also discussed the benefits of a School-based Traineeship.
Jade Chelman and Brielle Sonter spoke about their experience as School-based Trainees and their plans after school. Jade is investigating a Diploma in Social Work and Brielle is considering full time work as a result of her traineeship.
Their contributions to both the Year 10 visits and the Enrolment Open Night were invaluable.
We look forward to seeing what the future holds for all of the Year 12 Business Services students.
Students eyeing a career in the field of electrotechnology are being given a head start thanks to Port Macquarie businesses and tradesmen. Lear and Smith electrical wholesalers are teaming up with Newman Senior Technical College and Hastings tradesmen to place students into apprenticeships.
Kevin Moran, supervisor of Lear and Smith Port Macquarie, explained it was a way of giving something back to the community. He believes it gives the students a pathway and access to facilities while building a relationship between them and the brand at same time. Lear and Smith have sponsored the kids who are doing great things, like attending the Skills Olympics, and they give them all the gear they need. They have also started an apprentice of the month scheme, where all of their apprentices go into a draw for a chance to win a bunch of free tools. They understand it's tough for them and there can be a big cost involved in buying tools and supplies.
Dan Abbott, who runs his self-named electrical business, has taken Newman student Callum Frewin under his wing. At the moment it's one day a week, and in 2019 two days a week before moving up to full time. Callum said he was very happy to have such a great opportunity so early in his career. He has been looking forward to an apprenticeship for a long time and he is stoked to have had the opportunity to go to a school that has been able to help him achieve that.
Any electrotechnician apprentice that needs help are encouraged to reach out to Lear and Smith.