Students swap uniforms for hi-vis as CSA welcomes trainees

Year 10 and 11 Students from Cobar High School last week commenced their school-based traineeships with CSA Mine. CSA staff members Heidi Palazzi and Hollie Jimmieson are pictured with the students, Benjamin Howson, Summer Bullion, Joshua Chaplain, Ted Smith and Kaycee Cain. ▪ Photo contributed

Five students from Cobar High School last week began school-based apprenticeships and traineeships with the CSA Mine.

Benjamin Howson and Joshua Chaplain have been taken on by the mine as school-based apprentices in the field of Electrotechnology—Electrician; Ted Smith has commenced an Automotive Mobile Plant apprenticeship; Kaycee Cain is doing Business Administration; and Summer Bullion will be trained in Warehousing Operations.

Cobar High School’s careers advisor Megan Nicholson said the five students (four from Year 11 and one in Year 10) have
commenced two year traineeships with the mine.

The students will be required to work one day a week in the workplace and for the other four days they will be required to attend school to continue their studies and work towards attaining their Higher School Certificates.

The students underwent site inductions at the mine last Monday.

The school-based traineeship and apprenticeship program gives students a head-start in their careers and offers them paid work and training while they continue their senior school education.

At the end of their two years of training, the students will have industry-recognised national qualifications.