MECHANICS were studied at the WesTrac Institute by students from four of Port Stephens High Schools in a program created through the Real Futures Foundation.
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The four week program included completing units of competence such as Working at Heights.
The program was funded by the NSW State Government and the students who participated were congratulated by the management team at WesTrac as well as Scot MacDonald Parliamentary Secretary for Planning Central Coast and Hunter and Member of the Legislative Council.
Scot MacDonald said, “The funding is a demonstration of the NSW Liberal National Government’s commitment to supporting youth employment opportunities in the Hunter, “I was particularly pleased to hear how the $73 billion infrastructure investment by the Government is underpinning economic activity and jobs in the region.
“High school students of Port Stephens who are keen on a career in the heavy vehicle and electronics industries are well placed by this excellent program and I thank WesTrac, State Training Services and the surrounding High Schools for their successful collaboration and involvement in the project,” he said.
Craig Baumann the Foundation’s Chairman told News Of The Area, “For me, it is heartening to see these young men come out of a program with real skills, a demonstration of being able to work in a safe manner and proof that they are committed to learning for their future careers.
“Outcomes like these don’t just happen, they are driven by the commitment of the team behind the program, the collaboration of many parties, including the government funding which made it possible, and most importantly, the participants reaching up and taking advantage of the opportunity presented to them,” he said.
The Foundation hopes to be able to make this program available to students again in 2018 allowing students to gain real life hands on experience and qualifications which will give them a competitive edge in the workplace.
By Marian SAMPSON