Jobs for Picton High School students

Apr 14, 2016    

Vocational Learning + Work Placement = Jobs for Picton High School students.

Ms Vanessa Harrison is a VET (Vocational Education and Training) Teacher at Picton High School. With a background in Business Studies, Economics and Commerce and, having worked in private industry, Ms Harrison was delighted to be chosen to teach Business Services and she loves it.

“Business Services is a good HSC course providing students with a solid grounding in level entry office skills.  It gives them valuable insight into what they have to do in the workplace. The essential and mandatory one week’s Work Placement with industry reinforces what the students are learning in the classroom. Last year almost all of my Business Services class were offered either casual or part-time positions”, commented Ms. Harrison.

Kayla Abela, recently commenced a Traineeship with MG My Gateway and is hosted by Wollondilly Shire Council, having successfully completed her work placement at LJ Hooker Camden and Earth Civil Picton, where she received glowing feedback from both employers.

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L to R: Kayla Abela with Supervisor Deb Davenport

Kayla says “My Work Placement definitely helped me decide on what I wanted to do.  I have always been interested in Business Administration so I took the Business Services course.  It was a good course and you get a certificate out of it on completion.  I was so happy to get the job at Wollondilly Shire Council.  I am a Trainee in Employee Relations, where there is plenty of variety and I’m learning a lot. I even help out in Payroll, which is giving me great experience. My goal is to further my career in Human Resources.”

Ms Harrison’s current class will undertake Work Placement next term.  Year 11 student Katrina Weeks is excited to go.  “This course and the Work Placement will, hopefully, get me into the workforce early.  I want to be either a Flight Attendant or Personal Assistant so I can’t wait to be placed into the workforce to assess how I’m going.”

Another student, Alyssia Grant, chose Business Services to learn some new skills that would help her in the workplace.  “I hope to go to University to study Nursing but if that doesn’t work out, I can always fall back on my Business Services experience”, says Alyssia.

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L to R: Ashleigh Hollman, Alyssia Grant, Ms Harrison and Katrina Weeks

The Work Placement is managed by MWLP – Linking Youth who has been operating in the Macarthur for over 20 years, and recently expanded into the Canterbury, Bankstown and Inner South West Sydney regions.  This year they will place some 6,800 students into workplaces.  Students are also studying Automotive, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Financial Services, Hospitality, Human Services, Information Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

Any businesses interested in taking on students can contact the MWLP Work Placement Team on 4625 1863 or email

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