Partnership generates career opportunities for students
BUNDABERG Regional Council is doing what it can to help the region's students get work-ready through the GenR8 program.
Governance portfolio spokesperson Cr David Batt said Council had partnered with local schools, businesses and the Department of Education and Training in the program to offer a seamless transition from school to work for the region's year 12 students.
"The GenR8 program connects students direct with local employers, such as Council, to offer them on-the-job experience while they undertake TAFE study as part of their year 12 curriculum," Cr Batt said.
"Council is pleased to be participating in GenR8 in its first year in the Wide Bay region and we have already accepted work experience student Kristina King from Isis District State High School who has been undertaking work experience in our procurement section while studying a Certificate II in logistics."
Cr Batt said Kristina now had a number of career pathways open to her.
"Logistics is one of the fastest growing industries in Australia.
"We are thrilled to offer the opportunity for a local student to be ready for the workplace in such a promising industry which is what the GenR8 program is all about.
"The benefits for Council and the region are job-ready candidates and entry-level job seekers who are motivated and prepared to enter the workforce after school."
Kristina, 17, heard about GenR8 through her school, and jumped at the chance to participate.
"It's not very often you are offered an opportunity to gain a certified qualification with on-the-job experience," Kristina said.
"For me it was a chance to see what else happens outside of school.
"It's taught me things that I never knew."
GenR8 is an award-winning program that gives school leavers practical experience, a qualification in a growing industry and an opportunity to get work-ready.