WHEN Sam Bennett and Kate Maguire walk out of high school after their final HSC exam on Friday they will also possess two trade certificates.
The girls said when they started at Canobolas Rural Technology High School they never thought it was possible to leave school with “real world” qualifications.
About 27 per cent of young people aged between 17 and 24 are not in full-time study or working, says a Council of Australian Governments report. According to The Australian Industries Group this is largely due to young people not having sufficient skills when they finish school.
But Kate and Sam enrolled in VET courses which means they come out of school with qualifications in hospitality and children’s services.
Kate said she enrolled in the vocational training courses because she had no idea what she wanted to do when she finished school and it allowed her to keep her options open.
“I never thought I would leave Year 12 with a Year 12 certificate let alone more qualifications,” Kate joked.
Samantha said she wanted the certificates so she could work to put herself through university.
The girls finished their hospitality exam on Wednesday afternoon and will finish their last exam on Friday.
They said they were surprised at how much theory was involved in the food and beverage course and both thought there would be a lot more practical experience.
“Heaps of stuff, like acts and legislation, hygiene and all the different sectors in hospitality like tourism, food and gaming,” Samantha said.