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Dylan Apprenticeship

21/10/2015
Dylan
​Dylan at school and at work.

​A Springboard to Career Success.

Over the years, Inglewood State P-10 School has been the great start needed for many students in their future career pathways.  This is especially prevalent today with the advent of students having the opportunity to work on trades and certificates whilst at school.  Just like their larger centre counterparts, our high school students are also able to access this learning pathway.  In the last couple of years, we have had many students work for a day at a local business, either learning work skills and procedures or studying towards a formal certificate or trade.  One such student at present is one of our School Captains, Dylan Mudge (Year 10).

Dylan works one day a week in Goondiwindi at a panel beating and spray painting business (“Tony Gibson Smash Repairs”).  He began initially with work experience once a week and soon after, began his School-Based Apprenticeship.  Next year, Dylan is set to continue his studies when he moves on to Senior schooling in Goondiwindi.  By the time he finishes Year 12, 2 ½ years of his trade as an Automotive Vehicle Body Tradesperson (Vehicle Painting) will be complete.  Dylan says he finds keeping up with his studies whilst pursuing a trade a challenge, but not an insurmountable one and he is supported by his teachers who have adjusted his learning program.   Dylan says he enjoys the work and is pleased he can begin working on his trade while still attending school.  Our future pathways teacher, Mrs Kim Osborne, works tirelessly to match the child with the career and provide alternative learning ideas for those students who are keen to begin working towards their future career and explore career options.

This is a win-win situation.  The more young people experiencing success in the workplace, the more skilled and committed workers we we are likely to retain in our local community.  Inglewood State P-10 School provides many such schooling alternatives for students (fulfilling the Queensland Government’s initiative of “Earn or Learn”) and increases career options for all students - be they further tertiary study or trade-related. 

During his time at Inglewood State P-10 School, Dylan has been an energetic and worthy School Captain - a fine example of a committed young man with a keen understanding of his future pathway and the work and study involved/required to get there.