Kingscliff High School student Patrick Hutchinson learnt a thing or two about boat motors at Tweed Coast Marine.
Kingscliff High School student Patrick Hutchinson learnt a thing or two about boat motors at Tweed Coast Marine. Blainey Woodham

Checking out careers

SCHOOL is almost out for most Year 10 students, but not for Patrick Hutchinson.

The Kingscliff High School student has spent the past two weeks learning how to service boat motors as part of an On-the-Job Training program.

A number of students from Tweed River, Banora Point and Kingscliff high schools took part in the one-off vocational training, co-ordinator Bronwyn Brixton said.

She said the students did work experience in a range of industries, including construction, automotive, administration and hairdressing, and enrolled in the corresponding TAFE courses as part of their HSC studies, which will begin next year.

Patrick, 16, worked at Tweed Coast Marine and said the experience has confirmed his dreams of becoming a marine mechanic.

“It’s been really great hanging with the guys out the back and servicing the outboards,” said Patrick, of Terranora.

Ms Brixton said the placements were organised by Connect.

“Local businesses have been very supportive, generously giving their time to allow students a chance to experience what working in a particular industry would really be like,” Ms Brixton said.

“Students are now more confident of their career path, as they have been able to ask questions of those already working in the industry and gain valuable experience themselves.”

Ms Brixton said the placements also give businesses an opportunity to meet potential apprentices, and students the chance to make industry contacts.



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