YOUR final year of high school studies can be difficult enough as a student, let alone becoming a member of the staff once a week.
This is exactly the situation Kyabram P-12 College’s Nick Baker found himself in every Friday as he helped his friends and colleagues with their technology issues.
As part of his coursework, Nick took up a work placement at his school to put the theory he learned into practice.
His hard work then paid off as he won the category prize for Information Technology at the recent Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network’s (CCLEN) annual Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools Excellence Awards.
The awards celebrate outstanding achievements of VET students within the network’s regional schools.
Nick said he pitched his placement idea to the principal who thought it could have legs.
“I was learning the theory in a classroom for my partial Certificate III in Information Technology, but it wasn’t as effective as putting it into practice,” he said.
“I don’t see myself as that much of an academic, I’d rather be out learning everything first-hand.
“The staff at school thought it was a good idea to complete my placement at school and so we organised that I’d be working one day a week.
“Fridays ended up being the best option as I had a lot of free study periods that day.”
At a high-school level, Nick can only complete part of his certificate, so next year will see him completing his Certificate III completely and moving onto his Certificate IV in IT.
After he completes his studies, Nick hopes to get a job and it doesn’t seem to matter where it may be.
“It’s something that I love to do and I’ve been doing it since grade five,” he said.
“After I complete my Certificate IV I’ll probably start looking for a job somewhere, hopefully locally but there aren’t a whole lot in the Kyabram area.
Nick plans to look for a job or traineeship in IT after completing his Certificate IV in Information Technology.