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Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools

Catholic Schools celebrate partnerships with 72 Toowoomba regional employers

Attention: News Editors

What: Media and photo opportunity – Employer Thank You Breakfast

Where: Onsite: Callaghan Centre, St Saviour’s College, cnr Perth and Neil Streets

When: Tuesday, 25 October 2016 at 6.45am

Catholic Schools celebrate partnerships with 72 Toowoomba regional employers

Tuesday morning, 25 October will bring together 72 Toowoomba regional employers, the Department of Education and Training, the Australian Apprenticeships Support Network representatives, Training organisations, students, parents and Toowoomba Catholic Schools (TCS) staff to recognise the important role business plays in education in senior schooling pathways.

Dr Patrick Coughlan, Executive Director, Diocese of Toowoomba Catholic Schools, said: “This event would not be possible if it was not for the dedication and commitment to educational pathway opportunities that our partnering employers provide to our students through our School Based Apprenticeship program (SBA).

“We continually hear that there are shortages of qualified trades’ people in Queensland. Working in partnership with employers means that we are assisting in the best possible way by providing these practical pathways to employment in our schools,” said: Dr Coughlan.

Students enter into traineeships for a number of reasons and through traineeships provided can move into a full time apprenticeship. Where the student receives credit off a full-time apprenticeship. Other opportunities afforded to students is utilising their traineeship to build on their portfolio’s to present to future potential employers or to assist them in employment while going to University.

Dr Coughlan said: “All our students are achieving work ready skills while at school. Gaining opportunities to earn credits towards their Queensland Certificate on Education QCE. Students undertaking an SBA have to learn how to balance school, work and training commitments and it is quite evident that they are succeeding. I congratulate all SBA students for their excellent efforts in finding that balance. It is not the easiest career pathway for students to undertake.”

“We have such great support from local employers, and we are always looking for more opportunities to partner with them. I encourage other business to give me a call, we have great students who are hard workers and can really add to the business they work in,” said Ms Karen Coulston, SBA Manager.

The SBA program will also be holding additional thank you events in Warwick, Stanthorpe and Dalby.

To arrange an interview and photographic opportunity please contact Karen Coulston on 0418 618 522.


CONTACT: Karen Coulston | 0418 618 522 | 07 4687 4350 | karen.coulston@twb.catholic.edu.au