From the Leader of Careers and EVET

Recent weeks have seen two opportunities for career development for our Year 10 and 11 students.  The first involved a Health Pathways day at Kingscliff TAFE where students attended workshops to explore a number of occupations including occupational therapy, nursing, fitness and sport and exercise science.  The workshops involved hands-on activities.  The students wore special glasses to gain an understanding of the difficulties a person with vision impairment experiences and tried out tools modified to assist people in completing simple everyday tasks.  They were shown how to assess postural issues and tried out some of the exercises that can be assigned as a treatment.  In the nursing workshop students were instructed in correct handwashing procedures and were surprised when infrared lighting showed just how many germs were still there even though they thought they had done an expert job of washing their hands.  They also heard about the technology involved in modern nursing training and patient care and learnt how to take blood pressure readings.  A Q&A session enabled students to interact with and hear about the diverse career journeys of a panel of people in a range of health careers.

Another group of students explored construction trades at Kingscliff TAFE that involved activities in Electrotechnology, carpentry and horticulture.  They were then treated to a tour of the new Tweed Valley Hospital site and Try-a-Trade activities organised by the construction company LendLease and their contractors.  The activities were very hands-on and the students thoroughly enjoyed concreting, scaffolding, wall plastering, surveying, plumbing and electrical trades.  They were instructed in crane operation and the procedures and safety requirements for lifting loads.  All of the tradies involved were engaging, passionate about their trades and keen to encourage young people into their professions.  Thanks also to the organisers and LendLease for providing this opportunity.  The students had a fantastic day.

A nice surprise was to find 2020 graduate, Ellie Paddon amongst the electricians talking with students.  Ellie said that she was the first female tradie to work on the hospital site and that she is enjoying the job and happy to be achieving her dream of becoming an electrician.


Recent workshops with Year 10 students have provided access to a number of careers resources and encouraged students to start thinking about their first steps to transitioning from school to post-school options.  On Tuesday this week Southern Cross University representatives will run workshops introducing university life and completing a career profiling assessment with students.  This assessment results in a quite comprehensive personalised report that is emailed to students and their parents.  Students will need a fully charged laptop for the session and are asked to ensure they are in attendance on Tuesday and do not miss this opportunity.  School delivered careers lessons will also continue this week.  Students have access to the College Careers Website and other careers resources to help them explore options and occupations.  These resources are also great conversation starters so if your child has not yet told you about them or our careers workshops please ask them to show them to you.

It has been a busy term of career development.  The following clip provides a summary.

Riviera Apprenticeships Information Evening

Australian Industry Trade College has advised that Riviera Australia will be hosting their Annual Apprentice Program Information Evening on TUESDAY 12 JULY 2022.

This invitation is extended to any current Year 11 & 12 Students (plus Parent) who would be interested in becoming a School Based Apprentice / Full Time Apprentice for 2023.

They will be having guest speakers of past apprentices, current apprentices, and current school-based apprentices and also be conducting a twilight factory tour.

The night is scheduled to start at 5:30pm Sharp

Current trades on Offer:
Cert III in Polymer Processing (Composite)
Cert III in Electrotechnology (Pre-requisite Cert II in Electrotechnology)
Cert III in Timber & Composites Machining
Cert III in Marine Craft Construction 
Cert III in Furniture Finishing (French Polishing)
Cert III in Cabinetmaking
Cert III in Engineering – Diesel Fitting
Cert III in Engineering – Fabrication – Welding
Cert III in Engineering – Fabrication – Surface Finishing
Cert III in Upholstery

To RSVP please click on the link - - once you have registered please let Jeremy Welsh know you will be in attendance, on 0420 385 680.  Please get in quick to book as spots are limited.

Ms Frances Mason
Leader of Careers and EVET