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24 Nov 2016
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Creating industry links for young women

A group of students from Kildare College and St Mary's College,  travelled to Christian Brothers College, Adelaide City Electrotechnology Trade Training Centre, for some high-voltage education! As part of an Electrotechnology Taster & Tester afternoon, supported by Catholic Education South Australia, around 20 girls enthusiastically wired up their own extension leads under the watchful guidance of TAFE SA lecturers Russell Wilbraham and Van Tran, as well as SA Power Networks electrician (and electrotechnology graduate) Jessica Wooley.  Jessica, 2015 Apprentice of the Year, gave an inspirational presentation and worked with the girls to complete their practical activities.

The program, entitled Creating Industry Links for Young Women, aims to encourage girls to learn about careers in the Electrotechnology industry in an enjoyable, practical and interactive manner. This program is a great example of how collaboration between CESA and TAFE SA provides opportunities for secondary students. Further opportunities for girls to learn more about career opportunities will be advertised in 2017.

Jayne Shortt, VET Coordinator, Kildare College, spoke of the value of the program and the high energy of the students:
“13 Year 9 students from Kildare College visited CBC for their Electrotechnology Try-a-Trade day for girls. It was AMAZING! Our students absolutely loved it..... they were in their element! The hands on practical nature of the learning was perfect for the students and I was so happy to see them engaging in such an innovative program. Thank you to the organisers for the opportunity to be involved. I think we have some budding Electricians in the making.”

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