CAREERS DAY: Malik Woodbridge, Christian Philpot, Jonah Pamtoonda, Montell Turnbull, Jarrod Pridmore, and Latrell Hinch.
CAREERS DAY: Malik Woodbridge, Christian Philpot, Jonah Pamtoonda, Montell Turnbull, Jarrod Pridmore, and Latrell Hinch.

Dalby Clontarf Academy prepares students for the next step

AS OUR students from grades 10, 11, and 12 reach the most formative years of their lives, the importance of exposing them to meaningful and prosperous job opportunities cannot be understated.

The Dalby Clontarf Academy took a proactive approach to achieving that this week through their annual employment forum.

Normally a regional event hosted in Toowoomba, the forum organisers were forced to take a step back due to COVID-19 restrictions, and encouraged groups to hold local events to ensure their students still received the benefits of a widely important event.

Dalby director Christian Philpot said it was important to start teaching the students about their opportunities after school as early as possible.

“Coming into those senior grades we try to expose them to as many employment opportunities and pathways as possible,” he said.

“University is definitely some pathway that we want to steer the boys towards more and more.

“There is that stigma around the Indigenous community that it is out of their scope but there’s so many pathways that the opportunities are there for them.

“We’re just trying to expose the boys to those job opportunities and as many different pathways as we can.”

University of Southern Queensland, Yancoal Mining, HEQ Services, the defence force, and Western Downs regional council were just some organisations in attendance at the forum, hosted by the Dalby Leagues Club.

The forum pointed students in a number of different directions in relation to their options after school, from tertiary study to apprenticeships; from part time work to full time.

“A lot of our boys are interested in those trade pathways but in saying that there could be something here that they grab a hold of and run with,” Mr Philpot said.

The director said opportunities like these were a way for the community to put their mission statement into practice, and ensure they were doing everything in their power to provide solid opportunities for their students.

“In our mission statement it says we want to them to become meaningful members of society or participate meaningfully in society and a job is definitely a way to do that,” Mr Philpot said.

“It’s to show the boys that there are so many different options out there for them.

“If they just put their mind to it everything is achievable.

“The message is work hard, and don’t be shy to try new things.”


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