Hamilton SHS duo recognised for skills in Aspirational Careers Guidance Program


Career teacher Elizabeth Loo (front), former MP Bill Hassell, Ian Williams and Gary Ruddick with students Caitlin Miller and Ryan Forbister and deputy principal Paul Botcher. |Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au d463067
Career teacher Elizabeth Loo (front), former MP Bill Hassell, Ian Williams and Gary Ruddick with students Caitlin Miller and Ryan Forbister and deputy principal Paul Botcher. |Picture: Robin Kornet        www.communitypix.com.au d463067

TWO Hamilton Senior High School (HSHS) students have been recognised for their efforts in a state-wide education program.

HSHS worked with the Order of Australia Association and training organisations to produce the Aspirational Careers Guidance Program, which helps Year 9 students match their skills against those needed in the career they want and get a taste for the industry.

Local students Caitlin Miller and Don Mitson-Clarke excelled in the program and were recognised in a ceremony at Parliament House in November. Kings College ran a pilot program in 2015, with the Hamilton Hill-based school and Tranby College coming on board in 2016.

Hamilton SHS career education co-ordinator Elizabeth Loo said information and advice was presented by industry representatives and site visits were arranged to give students an insight into industry environments.

“As the course progressed, students compiled a career portfolio of the different careers they had explored or been exposed to,” she said.

Details of the program will be included on the Department and Workforce Development’s career centre’s website.

Ms Loo said the importance of such a program for Year 9 students was “self-evident” given the career-defining decisions students would make over the coming years.