VET students at John Therry Catholic High School, Rosemeadow are reaping the benefits of the school’s many industry connections and partnerships – enjoying direct on-the-job experience and other valuable encounters to build their practical knowledge and skills, and expand their career options.
This term, the school’s Construction students were able to work alongside a large-scale concreting company, Garzo Concreting. The hands-on opportunity greatly assisted the students in developing their own competencies and performances in assessment tasks, as they worked onsite helping complete large-scale building works.
Top 2019 Construction student at John Therry, Eryn, said she thoroughly enjoyed the chance to be a part of the action and see how the onsite tradespeople included her and her fellow students in their work.
"I really enjoyed the first-hand experience of working with actual tradespeople. They were more than happy to show us how to complete various tasks. By learning on the job, it makes the content we study so much easier to understand as it is real" — Eryn, Construction student, John Therry Rosemeadow
Eryn also praised the workers for treating all the students equally, regardless of whether they were male or female.
Earlier this term, the group were also given the chance to attend the Sydney Home Show in Darling Harbour together [pictured above], where they were able to participate in a range of free seminars, industry presentations and workshops on design and renovation. The students soaked up advice, tips, tricks and ideas from leading experts in the field and gained insight into the latest in renovation, building and home design.
John Therry Vocational Education & Training (VET) Coordinator, Angela Cascarino, said the school’s Vocational Education programs focus on building a bridge between education and industry by linking classroom practice to realistic work and training.
“Studying building and construction courses can lead to a variety of career prospects in the construction industry, including working for large and small construction firms or even running your own business. So it is crucial that our Construction subject links into many aspects of the building and construction industry,” she said.
“For our students to have the opportunity of industry experience is a teaching tool that reaches far beyond the classroom. We are extremely grateful to Tony Garziniti of Garzo Concreting for the time he has spent with our students and his feedback on their work practice. It’s been essential to their learning. This industry support makes our Vocational Educational programs at John Therry unique” — Angela Cascarino, VET Coordinator, John Therry Rosemeadow
“A big thank you to Construction teacher, Mr Paul Strojney, for his work with his construction team. We look forward to big plans for the class in 2020.”