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2019 School Based Traineeships and Apprenticeships Celebration

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St Columban’s College, Caboolture have celebrated students’ achievements in gaining traineeship and apprenticeship qualifications.

This event was attended by both Queensland Parliamentary Minister for Police and Minister for Corrective Services, Hon Mark Ryan and Federal Member of Parliament for Longman, Mr Terry Young along with college staff and students.

College Principal, Mr Michael Connolly congratulated the students on their efforts.

“So, I congratulate you on your persistence going through,” Principal Connolly said in the video above.

“Not only studying the academic subjects that we offer here through our curriculum, but also stepping out and having those days where you go off and learn the skills that are very valuable for your traineeships and your apprenticeships.

“So, I congratulate you on that.

“I thank Terry and Mark for both being here today.

“It really shows how our government does value what you guys are doing, and I surely myself value the commitment that you have put in over this time and wish you all the very best in the future.”

Following Principal Connolly’s talk, Terry Young MP talked about the benefits around school base traineeships and apprenticeships.

“The thing I love about this program is that you can get out there and have a taste of something and that’s a good thing,” Mr Young expressed.

Further, Mark Ryan MP reflected on what he believes success to be.

“I think that’s an important word to reflect on, ‘success’, because success comes in many different ways,” Mr Ryan said to the students in attendance.

“But I think if the only measure of success is how much information you know from a book, we’re missing a big part of the message around what is success.

“We’re acknowledging your success today because it is more about how you are demonstrating hard work, commitment, focus, and a willingness to further your own opportunity in life.”

Between speeches, awards were handed out to students. And a question and answer session was conducted between college teacher, Amanda Schimke and past student, Ebony Butler.

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Bronwyn: Good morning everyone and thank you for coming. Distinguished guests, St Columban’s College Leadership Team, teachers, host employers, parents and students. Welcome to the 2019 school based traineeships and apprenticeships celebration. My name is Bronwyn Carlos and I’m the Career Development and Vocational Education Leader at our college.

St Columban’s has a proud history of offering our students SATS where they can complete a placement and a certificate while at school, which ultimately adds to future employment opportunities. The number of SATS offered at St Columban’s indicates the support that the school provides for individual pathways and the recognition that there are many ways to explore future options. There are a number of people who have been responsible for organising today’s event. I’d particularly like to thank Margie Hallinan and Linda Cabrera for all of their efforts in organising this celebration. I would like to first invite Katie Guy to present the Acknowledgment of Country.

Katie: As we gather today, we acknowledge the Gubbi Gubbi people, the traditional owners of this land. We give thanks for the way in which they have occupied and cared for this land and we pay our respects to the elders past, present, and emerging.

Bronwyn: Thank you very much, Katie. I would now like to invite Raechel Fletcher to lead us in prayer.

Raechel: In the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Loving God, we are grateful that your gifts and grace are without measure. You have given each of us unique talents and abilities and a community in which we were able to have them grow. We pray for your guidance and peace in this next phase of our journey. As we enter the workforce may we take with us the spirit of St Columban’s College and continue to value and promote presence, compassion, and liberation. May we always carry the peace of Jesus with us. St Columban. Pray for us.

Raechel: In the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Bronwyn: Thank you. I would now like to invite our college principal, Mr Mike Connolly to the podium.

Michael: Thanks Bron. The Honorable Mark Ryan, Minister for Police and Corrective Services. Terry Young federal member for Long man. Mr Alain Pitot, who’s running a bit late, our Senior Leader Learning and Identity. Selina Green, Ebony Butler, ladies and gentlemen, but most importantly our graduates who we’re here to celebrate today and I’m seeing many fine young faces around the room.

It’s quite ironic that only weeks ago we heard in the media around the skilling of Australia and government and industry making the connection of, “Hey, wouldn’t it be good if we could actually combine professional and technical and give our students, whether they be going through high school or university, some ability to get some skills.” I felt like replying over the media and say we’ve been doing that for the last 10 years and it’s been falling on deaf ears and it’s great to look around the room here to see over 30 of our students receiving those skills today, certificates that you are going to take into your future.

And when I look around this room, I look at the pathway of many of you, many of you mightn’t go down the pathway of technical, you might be going from here to university, but your SAT or your traineeship or your apprenticeship will be something that you can use on graduating from university with whether it be through engineering, through health, through medicine. You can say, “Well I’ve actually had that practical experience,” and you become so employable by the companies out there.

So I congratulate you on your persistence going through. Not only studying the academic subjects that we offer here through our curriculum, but also stepping out and having those days where you go off and learn the skills that are very valuable for your traineeships and your apprenticeships.

So I congratulate you on that. I thank Terry and Mark for both being here today. It really shows how our government does value what you guys are doing and I surely myself value the commitment that you have put in over this time and wish you all the very best in the future.

Just before I finish, cause I was told I need to make a short speech. You’ll get my longer version tomorrow night. So I hope you’re all at presentation night, there’s a plug. We get that one Andrew? So, I’d like to thank particularly Bron and her team, and it’s a huge team that we’ve given for our careers and training here at St Columban’s, and there are many, many people and I think Bron’s touched on many of them that we thank. But can I also thank the parents for your commitment at times when we’re getting towards the end of that certificate, just pushing our young ones to get those last modules finished so they can be in a position today. So thank you to all of you for your attendance. I do appreciate the support and help that you’ve given our young people as they’re going through and can I say with such a small cohort and over 30 students graduating, I’m very, very proud of you as our year 12 students. Thank you.

Bronwyn: Thank you very much. Mr Connolly. The Honorable Terry Young MP, LNP Federal Member for Longman, will be presenting the certificates to students who’ve undertaken school based apprenticeships and trainees. I’d like to now invite him to the podium to say a few words before the presentation.

Terry: Great, thank you. Hi everyone. Thank you so much for the invitation and coming along, principal. And I’d like to acknowledge Mark Ryan, my State counterpart.

And I’d just like to say to you kids out there, I wish I’d had this sort of program when I was at school. I went to school and like most, particularly boys in that generation, we left school in grade 10 off to find a trade. And you found out if you didn’t like it when you started and it was pretty disappointing and I started my first trade as a motor mechanic and after three months I quickly learnt that I hated it. But by then it was too late because I’d already started it. So I had to quit and then find my other vocation.

The thing I love about this program is that you can get out there and have a taste of something and that’s a good thing. And can I say to you that if you’ve got a dream to do a particular thing, it may not end up being that thing and that’s okay. And the way I see our job as a government is to make sure that whatever you choose to do in your life, whether you choose to be a carpenter or whether you choose to be a doctor, whether you choose to be a hairdresser, it doesn’t matter that we make it easy for you to achieve those goals. And our prime minister has got a great saying and he says, “If you have a go in Australia, you’ll get a go,” and that’s the sort of thing we want to promote in this great country. There’s a lot of countries out there where you wouldn’t get that go. But here we want to make sure that you can achieve the dreams that you want to.

Now we’re very focused on apprenticeships and training at the moment. We’ve just introduced a new package that when employers who don’t normally put on trainees and apprenticeships, what we do is that we’re paying three quarters of the first year wage, half the second year and a quarter of the third year wage. So that these people can afford to put apprenticeships on because we believe in apprentices and apprenticeships. So I just hope that you’ll get out there, be inspired and just know that you’re in a great country, you can have a go and you can do anything you set your mind to. So good on you. All right.

Bronwyn: If you just stand to the side there. We’ll start with the first of our awards and I’ll ask the students to come up and collect their certificate. First of all, we have Certificate III in Business Administration.

Jolo Gapusan. Host, Streten Mason Lawyers, RTO Orion Training and Performance Management Pty Ltd.
Jacinta Gonano. Host, Burpengary Crane Hire, RTO Prestige Service Training.
Certificate III in Carpentry, Riley Brown. Host, Quick Kitchens, RTO Inscope Training.
Lachlan McCormick. Host, Whalo Maintenance and Carpentry, RTO BIGA Academy.
Certificate III in Floor and Wall Tiling, Maximus Hill. Host, Total Bathroom Renovations, RTO BIGA Academy.
Certificate III in Hairdressing, Jaedyn Hillier. Host, Bayside Hair Designs, RTO Brisbane School of Hairdressing.
Mitchell Street. Host, Stefan Hair Fashions Bribe Island, RTO, TAFE Queensland Skills Tech.
Certificate III in Health Services Assistant, Amber Muller. Host, Australian Training Company – Caboolture Hospital, RTO Stanborough Wemyss Contracting Pty Ltd.
Certificate III in Hospitality, Tamika Rayner. Host, The Coffee Club Central Lakes, RTO Queensborough College.
Certificate III in Information Digital Media Technology, Chloe Briggs. Host Lightmare Studios, RTO Training Professionals.
And Connor Murphy. Host also Lightmare Studios and RTO Training Professionals.
We have six students also graduating in that certificate. The host is St Columban’s College and the RTO Prestige Service Training. That’s Jordan Coe.
Samuel Coleman.
Dylan Eldrett.
Ezekiel Hobbs.
Matthew Howard.
And Max Prescott.
Certificate III in Sport and Recreation, we have five people graduating. The Host is St Columban’s College and the RTO Binnacle Training. Kaylis Beaumont-Tafua.
Alex Greenwood.
Grace Mitchell.
Liam Raby.
And Sam Servin.
Please thank again The Honorable Terry Young.

We are fortunate enough in having a past student with us today. Please welcome Ebony Butler and our RTO Manager, Amanda Schimke, to reflect on the role of SAT’s past school.

Amanda: Good morning everyone. Ebony Butler graduated from St Columban’s last year after a very busy and successful year in her senior year, Ebony held a leadership position. She was a finalist in the School Based Trainee of the Year category with the Queensland Training Awards. She was involved in many, many sports and was successfully awarded the Vocational Student of the Year award for the graduating student at the end of the year.

We’ve invited Ebony back this year to share with you all her story and her adventures that she’s gone on to pursue post Year 12. So I’m going to ask Ebony a couple of questions today and Ebony’s going to share with you all some messages and just some different aspects of her journey that she’s followed in the last 12 months.

So Ebony, while at St Columban’s College, can you share with everyone what qualifications and courses you completed?

Ebony: Throughout high school I completed a Cert II in Hospitality. I Cert II in Youth Ministry, in year 10, I also attended TAFE one day a week to complete a Cert II in Health Services, which led me to a school based traineeship completing a Certificate III in Health Services Assistance, which qualified me to be an assistant nurse at the Caboolture Hospital.

Amanda: So since leaving school, can you share with everyone what you’ve gone on to do? What’s the last 12 months look like for you?

Ebony: Okay so, so far I have completed my first year in university, doing a degree in nursing science. I also have my job as an assistant nurse at the Caboolture Hospital and I did some volunteering up at Mt Maria College, which has obtained me a job position at being a teacher aid. So I’ve been kind of busy.

Amanda: Very busy year. So if we delve more into your traineeship at the Caboolture Hospital, what advantages do you think that gave to you when you left school at the end of last year?

Ebony: The advantages that it gave me was being able to go into work on the first day and already knowing what I have to do. The experience it gave me, it was hands on and it gave me a really big insight to what I really want to do. It really reassured me that I wanted to be a nurse. But yeah, that feeling of being confident and being professional in what you do. And on the ward, in like 2A or something, you walk in there and you’re like, “Yeah, Ebony, you’re here.” You know what’s going on. Like you’re not, Oh, what do I do? You don’t need someone to shadow you. You’re just there. You’re there, you know what to do, so.

Amanda: Wonderful. So can I ask you the big question? Where to next?

Ebony: Would be finishing university and then being a registered nurse but also looking into a FIFO nurse. So flying in and flying out. But also to places where, for example, I went to Garma, went to Bathurst Island, and I noticed that their healthcare out there isn’t the greatest. They have people that fly in and fly out. So what I kind of thought about was being able to fly out to those places and assisting people less fortunate than us.

Amanda: Finally, what advice or messages would you give to our 2019 school-based apprentice and trainees that are sitting here?

Ebony: Okay, one second. Just remember there’s always more than one way in doing something and to use your traineeship to the best as you can. You know, when you go out of high school, it’s not the be all end all. That traineeship and your qualifications really help you a lot. So don’t forget that that certificate is sitting there in your cupboard or somewhere that you have hanging up somewhere. Use it guys. You need to use it. It really does benefit you. Yeah.

Amanda: Wonderful. Thank you Ebony for sharing your journey with us today. We are very proud of what you’ve gone on to achieve in just as short time since graduating. It’s pretty phenomenal what Ebony has gone on to achieve and just how busy she really has been. I’m sure that the students here are sitting very anxiously thinking about the next step in their journey and your message that you’ve shared with them today is going to hopefully help them to take that next step post St Columban’s. We wish you luck in the next stage of your journey.

Ebony: Thank you.

Amanda: And we look forward to hearing about what you continue to do.

Ebony: Thanks guys.

Amanda: If you can all join me to congratulate Ebony.

Ebony: Congratulations to the students too.

Bronwyn: Thank you very much Amanda and Ebony. I’d like to welcome The Honorable Mark Ryan MP, ALP State Member for Morayfield, who will present certificates to our students who’ve completed external courses. Would you like to say some words?

Mark: Thanks very much and can I also acknowledge the traditional owners and pay my respects to elders past, present and emerging. I’ll acknowledge Terry, my Federal colleague, your principal, Mr Connolly, as well as also all the parents and supporters here today, but I think the most important acknowledgement has to be to the students we’re recognising today for your success.

I think that’s an important word to reflect on, success, because success comes in many different ways. But I think if the only measure of success is how much information you know from a book, we’re missing a big part of the message around what is success. We’re acknowledging your success today because it is more about how you are demonstrating hard work, commitment, focus, and a willingness to further your own opportunity in life.

This is a very proud day for your family, friends and your school because this is about a transition for you into the next stage of your life, about acknowledging that hard work and that commitment, but also acknowledging the opportunity that you’ve got before you. Terry spoke about some of the opportunities he had when he went to school. I also didn’t have the opportunity to do school based apprenticeships or traineeships. Notwithstanding my youthful appearance, you’ve got to look closely for the grey hair and wrinkles.

But I often reflect on the journey of my family members through education, through work, through life. And it was an interesting story that my dad used to tell. My dad’s very clumsy. My wife says that I probably inherited his clumsiness and he really wanted to be an electrician. All through school he wanted to be an electrician. He had to do grade nine twice so you can sort of see here he was sort of really needing to have some support through school and he got to grade 10. Got through grade 10. And his parents said to him, “You’re too clumsy. You can’t be an electrician, you’ll kill yourself.” So dad ended up thinking, “Well, if I’ve got to do a job, which means that my clumsiness is irrelevant I’ll become a public servant. And dad was very, very good at being a public servant for many, many decades.

But I know that there was a part of dad which was a bit disappointed with the opportunities that he had. One, because it wasn’t provided at school, but also he didn’t have that support network around him to help him chase those opportunities. He’s still not an electrician and my mum doesn’t let him get anywhere near the power box. So that clumsiness still runs true.

But I think the important thing to acknowledge is not only your success today, but the support network that you’ve got around you. You’re very lucky. You hear the stories from Terry and from me and probably your parents and your grandparents about the opportunities that they’ve had in their lives and you’re very lucky to have the opportunities that you’ve got today.

Terry’s right when he says there is every possible support out there for you to chase the opportunities and dreams that you’ve got. But with that opportunity there does come a responsibility and that responsibility is that you don’t turn your back on opportunity. There’s a lot of people here supporting you. There’s a lot of people very proud of you. You owe it to them to chase your dreams and to do everything that you can with the qualification that you’ve got and also the opportunity you’ve got.

Congratulations everyone. Well done. We’re all very proud of you and look forward to hearing more stories like the stories we’ve heard from Ebony today. Thank you

Bronwyn: Thank you. We have now some students who completed a Certificate II in Health Support Services. Bronte Aranovitch.
Jasmine Houlahan.
Jerin James.
And Anahita Safiesfahani.
Certificate II in Plumbing, Stephen Hahne.
Four students for Certificate III in Health Support Services. Ethan Barbour.
Ben Owen.
Grace Reid.
And Jonica Morgenstern.
And one student in Diploma of Business, Jacinta Gonano.

Thank you very much. Honorable Mark Ryan.

Our final speaker today is Thank you. Today is Selina Green from Busy at Work, who will now present an award.

Selina: Hello everyone. Guests, students, parents, supporters. Yes, I’m Selina Green from Busy at Work. I’ve been working with the school for quite a few years now for our Australian Apprentice Support Network signing up apprentices and trainees, whether directly employed by the school or externally. And it’s really amazing and this is one of my favorite schools. Don’t tell any of the other schools that. But it’s really, really rewarding to see the school support and their belief in anything that you guys want to achieve. Some schools out there still push university, university, university, but there are many careers out there and you can still do a school based apprenticeship or traineeship and university. Your different pathways can go wherever you want and that’s what’s seen, believed and achieved through this school, which is really, really great. From that side of things.

I’ve never been somebody who’s gone to university. But through my career journey I probably should be ready to retire with everything I’ve done already. But I started off the year 2000 as a Cert II and III Business Administration training myself. I went on and did for state government, got my long service at an early age and I’d actually worked for the Department of Employment Training then. I’ve worked for TAFE. I’ve then, through that, got a couple of diplomas in Government Investigation, et cetera. Went on, became a police officer for a couple of years. Then from that, because I was one of those ones that got posted places I didn’t want to go in my late twenties, but it was a really, really great experience. From there, I’ve had my own personal training company. I’ve taught security, first aid from an RTO. I’ve worked at a mine site being a leading hand for security operations and taking in deliveries, et cetera in amongst all the big trucks and draglines and bits and pieces. I’ve managed a bike shop, through my cycling and coaching. Then done further qualifications because I know about vocational and being coach of the year last year for cycling Queensland for the state.

So this is all through these type of pathways and, as you’ve seen, I started as a trainee and that’s what opened my opportunities. So you too can, one door closes, a new door opens, and this is what we can go on and achieve with those sorts of things. And in between all that, a lot of that has been through vocational training and what brings me to be in this job and et cetera from now from Busy at Work and the opportunities. And I don’t think if I was sitting here in your position at school I’d be going, “Oh I’m going to be an industry training consultant and help other people into their careers,” but this is something that’s a really good job, flexible. And it could be something that you guys could end up with as well.

But today Busy at Work support the school and the endeavors here and we give an achievement award each year and a $50 voucher. And we consult with the school, and I’m sure they would like to present all of you with this award, but it can only go to one. So today I would like to welcome up Jordan Coe, and a few words why he’s coming up. Jordan has really developed as a communicator and a team player, and his client service skills have been outstanding. He’s really shown from being on the verge of leaving school at one point to overcoming that, getting through, putting a plan in place to really get through. He’s then turned things around, matured beyond expectation. Learnt to accept direction and reflect on advice. He’s also been building his confidence, being mentors to other trainees, et cetera. And really shone and just come so far for your traineeship, so I hear. So congratulations.

And he just says thank you to everybody. Thanks.

Bronwyn: Thank you very much, Selina, and congratulations to Jordan. I’d like to thank you all for your attendance here today. We would really like you to join us for some refreshments so that we can congratulate all of our students. Thank you.