Gippsland Grammar welcomes support for apprentices
Gippsland Grammar applauds this week’s Federal Government announcement of a $1.2 billion injection package to support the employment of 100,000 new apprentice and trainee schemes across Australia.
Gippsland Grammar’s VCAL co-ordinator Justin Henderson with Rotofab Managing Director
Tony Wallace and former student Charlie Pritchett at last year’s Apprentice Morning Tea.
Announced as part of Tuesday’s Federal Budget, the package will also introduce a 50 per cent wage subsidy for businesses which take on a new apprentice and forms part of the Federal Government’s recovery plan from the economic recession sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.
Gippsland Grammar’s VCAL and VET program has been bolstered over the past few years and in 2020 has included seven students undertaking VCAL and 95 students undertaking VET offerings, with significant enrolment increases in both programs next year. In addition, the School’s work experience program has strong engagement with local industry and businesses to ensure students in Years 10, 11 and 12 can gain workforce exposure as they prepare for life after school.
Gippsland Grammar Careers Adviser and VCAL/VET co-ordinator Mr Justin Henderson welcomed the announcement which he said would create many new employment opportunities for students across Gippsland, including those studying at Gippsland Grammar.
“We have a number of students with interest, skills and talents in vocational career pathways” Mr Henderson said. “The wage subsidy package from the Federal Government has the opportunity to support not only industry and business, but young people to kick-start their career journey. Our students are pursuing work experience opportunities to hone their skills and develop relationships within their industry areas”
Gippsland Grammar offers a number of vocational programs, including certificate qualifications in Furniture Making, Health Services and Music Industry, as well as utilising registered training organisations to provide students with the opportunity to begin their career journeys in the vocational and trades sector.
The funding package comes on the coattails of this week’s announcement that Gippsland Grammar is about to start construction on a new multi-million dollar Visual Arts & Technology Centre at the School’s senior Garnsey Campus, due for completion in 2022. The new state-of-the-art Centre will feature seven purpose-built classrooms, studios and workshops to accommodate specific vocation-focussed subjects including Wood Technology and Material Technology.
Mr Henderson said the combination of these two announcements meant the School was better placed than ever before to support students wanting to pursue more practical career paths while undertaking either their VCE or VCAL certificate.
“Last year we had more than 13 students take up an apprenticeship or traineeship with many completing our VCAL program as their Senior Certificate,” Mr Henderson said. “And we were thrilled to celebrate this achievement in December with our inaugural ‘Apprentice Morning Tea’, where the School invited each apprentice and their employer back to the School to share their stories with the incoming VCAL class. This was a positive opportunity for the current students and the apprentices to share their learnings. It was also a great way for employers to maintain contact with our School and our programs.”
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