The phrase “things have changed since I was at school” is certainly true when one considers a recent partnership between Narrabri Tafe and Narrabri High School.
In 2016, now relieving school principal Dinos Charalambous and head of teaching and learning Rod Ritchie, were sent to investigate strategies of how to better prepare students for work in trade or apprenticeship based fields.
The result of investigating educational models used in Gunnedah, Tamworth, Moree and Newcastle, and being able to access the latest programs through Tafe and Careers Network, is the Careers Enhancement class.
“This class is designed for students who are putting quality effort into their studies and who are looking at a career in a trade or practical area,” said Mr Charalambous.
Students spend each Monday at Tafe in a pre-apprenticeship style course, designed to both improve their skills and also to give them a taste of what a career in the automotive, building or other trade industries would be like.
Students are accompanied by Tom Mason, a teacher at Narrabri High School who gets involved with the students and who then links up with them at school to ensure that all class work is supported and completed.
“I spend Monday working here with the students and then Tuesday working at school with them, to support them in making sure they don’t fall behind in their core subjects,” said Mr Mason.