Students test out trades

By Ashlea Witoslawski

EduSixteen students from across the Goulburn Valley were hailed last week for their participation in the 2018 Shepparton Trade Tester program.

Organised by Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network, School Focused Youth Service (Uniting), Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE and the Better Together Alliance, four students from each of the local public secondary schools were selected to learn more about the automotive, electrical, plumbing and building and carpentry industries.

Held for the second year, the program ran across term three and included visits to local businesses.

The students also gained their Construction Induction Card, providing them with the opportunity to obtain work in the industry.

The students, parents, teachers and local industry representatives gathered on Friday at GOTAFE for a celebratory lunch and certificate presentation made by City of Greater Shepparton Mayor Kim O’Keeffe.

GMLLEN engagement and placement co-ordinator James Ivill said the program gave students who were interested in trade pathways a chance to try several options.

‘‘It’s great being able to offer the students something they couldn’t do in their schools,’’ Mr Ivill said.