Trade Taster Program offers students in Shepparton taste of apprenticeships

By Tara Whitsed

Students at risk of disengaging with mainstream school work are being given the chance to try a variety of potential apprenticeships as part of the Trade Taster program.

Conducted by Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network in partnership with the Better Together Alliance Schools, School Focused Youth Service and Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE Shepparton, the program has Year 10 students learn the basics of the automotive, electrical, plumbing and building industries.

Trade Taster’s supervising teacher Kylie Glover said students also received their Construction Induction Card, which would stand them in good stead when applying for apprenticeships in the future.

She said it was important to give the students the opportunity to be hands-on as well as learn the skills involved when working in an adult environment.

‘‘It is a great program to get a taste of each trade,’’ Ms Glover said.

‘‘It’s been a pleasure to watch them tackle the tasks involved.’’

Ms Glover said the program aimed to encourage students to stay engaged in school by sparking a career aspiration.

Students will complete the program on September 21.