Owner of Extreme Motorcycles, Jane Lawson, with current student Zac Jerome and former student Jaimee Tanswell. Both students have benefited from Jane’s support of school based traineeships and apprenticeships.
School based apprenticeships and traineeships provide secondary school students with the opportunity to put skills acquired at school into practice in the work environment. All students undertaking vocational training earn nationally recognised qualifications. Already this year, Atherton State High School has signed up 40 new school based apprentices and trainees, with a further seven awaiting sign up. Tony Whybird, school principal stated, “We are well on track to break our record of 57 in a single calendar year which was set it 2009. Last year we reached 56 but plan on going one step better this year. Of course this wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic tablelands business community who continue to support our students year after year.”
Owner of Extreme Motorcycles, Jane Lawson said, “The flexibility of having a school based apprentice allows us to structure our business to suit the days that we have an extra staff member at work. It is very satisfying to see a young person reach their potential.”
Zack Jerome, who commenced with Extreme Motorcycles in April, said “I love that I can have a mix of school and work. I didn’t like full time school, so this lets me have a balance of part time work and getting paid, starting my motorbike mechanic apprenticeship, and still finishing school.” Zack’s grandmother, Kay Jerome said, “The school had given Zack great support in securing his apprenticeship, and I would like to thank the staff involved. They do a wonderful job.”
Jaimee Tanswell, graduated Year 12 last year. Before she left school she did a School Based Traineeship with Extreme Motorcycles and gained a Certificate III in Business Administration. Jaimee is now at university studying a Bachelor of Business, but still comes back to work at Extreme Motorcycles during her holidays. “Doing a school based traineeship gave me an insight into working life and a great start to my chosen career path,” she said.
For any information regarding school based apprenticeships and traineeships, please call Kylie Coleman, the school’s Vocational Education and Training Co-Ordinator on (07) 4030 5253.