Goal-setting Chelsie aims high
GRAFTON High School's Chelsie Cowling is well on her way to achieving her dream.
Chelsie wants to move to Sydney for work as a personal assistant, and the skill-based traineeship she is completing in conjunction with her HSC is helping her with that goal.
Along with her HSC, Chelsie will have completed a Certificate Level II in Business and a Certificate of Proficiency when she finishes her schooling at the end of 2006.
Taken on as a trainee by the Clarence Valley Council on a part-time basis throughout the year, Chelsie balances her school work with her TAFE and council commitments in order to finish the certificate.
She works eights hours during the week, while giving up time during her holidays to finish the course.
Based in council's economic development unit, she learns all facets of working in an office.
Her workplace supervisor, Peter Wilson, said by completing a skill-based traineeship, she would receive a head start in the working world.
"She's getting the opportunity to work in the industry, to learn all the skills, and at the end of the day she obviously gets referee's and references," he said.
"We provide her with an opportunity to gain competencies and skills which attaches to her course framework."
Mr Wilson said although there was a heavy workload with HSC studies, TAFE work and part-time work, it was hugely beneficial.
"It's a great program and there are a lot of employers in the Valley that undertake skill-based traineeships," he said.
Mr Wilson said council's program was a follow-on of the one previously conducted by the former Copmanhurst Shire Council and Chelsie would be the second student to finish.
NSW Department of Education's Mary Wilcox said there were 17 business administration school-based traineeship vacancies in Grafton.
She said interested students should contact their schools careers advisor or the School-based Traineeship Coordina- tor on 6641 5042.