It's business time for Shane

Friday, 21 November 2008

Shane McRobbie is primed for a successful accounting career thanks to an innovative and flexible program to create employment pathways for high school students.

The Falcon student is in Year 11 at Mandurah Senior College while completing a Certificate III in Financial Services (Accounts Clerical) as part of the TAFElink program at Challenger TAFE. 

Shane said the program not only gave him a number of future study options and career pathways, but was also very enjoyable 

“I really enjoy the program, and the small class sizes make it easier to concentrate,” he said.  

Shane’s lecturer, Angelina Calder, was initially wary of how high school students would adapt to TAFE study, but Shane proved to be an exceptional candidate for the program.  

“At first I wasn’t sure how a high school student would cope with the added responsibility, but Shane is incredibly mature,” she said. 

Shane said studying alongside older people was more of a help than a hindrance and it gave him a good sense of direction. 

“I found I could relate to the rest of the class really well as they are focused and serious about learning,” he said. 

“At this stage, I plan to complete the Certificate IV next year and then maybe continue on with the Diploma and Advanced Diploma.” 

Angelina said TAFElink offered a number of benefits to students who had a potential career pathway in mind. 

“Because TAFE learning is specific rather than general, one clear advantage is that students finish Year 12 with a Certificate IV. This makes them immediately employable and also provides the option of a pathway to university,” she said. 

“The flexibility of the TAFElink program allowed Shane to complete a lot of the work at home and subsequently come in for assessments, and there is also a financial benefit in that students in the program are exempt from tuition and administration fees.” 

The Program Manager of Commerce at Challenger TAFE, Rowena Maling, said the TAFElink program played an important role at the co-located Peel Campus.  

“Under the TAFElink program a student spends approximately half their time at school and the remainder completing a TAFE qualification. The program acts as a ‘link’ between school and employment or university,” she said.   

“The value of having Challenger TAFE, Mandurah Senior College and Murdoch University on the same campus is brought into sharp relief through the TAFElink program in that it helps integrate the campus and break down pre-existing barriers while providing improved education and training outcomes.” 

While Shane’s future is looking bright, in the short term he plans to put his accounting training to good use by bookkeeping for his dad’s telecommunications business.  

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