CONGRATULATIONS: Wollongbar TAFE teacher Norm Thomas (left) congratulates Wollongbar TAFE student on Joshua Pauling on his Australian Vocational Student Prize.
CONGRATULATIONS: Wollongbar TAFE teacher Norm Thomas (left) congratulates Wollongbar TAFE student on Joshua Pauling on his Australian Vocational Student Prize.

Hard work pays off for Joshua

WOLLONGBAR TAFE student, Joshua Pauling has been awarded a 2008 Australian Vocational Student Prize for his outstanding achievement as a school-based apprentice in Certificate III Electrician as part of his Year 12 studies at Ballina High Trade School.

While attending Wollongbar TAFE (one day a week) Joshua completed the first year of his apprenticeship part-time during Year 11 and 12 as part of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools program. He is now working full-time as a second year apprentice electrician with Novaskill and Ballina Shire Council.

Norm Thomas, Head Teacher Electrical at Wollongbar TAFE, said: “School-based apprenticeships are a great opportunity for young people to get an early start in a trade. Students get a feel for the trade they are interested in whilst completing year 11 and 12 at school.”

Joshua always wanted to do a trade and being an electrician was definitely something he was thinking about at school.

“Doing a school-based apprenticeship was good because I could get experience in the workplace before I left school,” he said.

Joshua receives a certificate and $2000. Joshua said: “My family are very proud that I won the award and I am happy for the recognition for all the work I did.”

The winners were announced in July by the Acting Minister for Education, Mark Arbib.

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