The college’s industry liaison officer Toni Hartley said the State Government’s Job Accelerator Grant Scheme, which encourages businesses to employ more people, together with other government apprenticeship incentives had helped to keep employment numbers steady for students.
“We are also seeing business confidence at a high in the State,” Ms Hartley said, adding that the largest area for employment was for students from the School of Construction.
“We always do the biggest number of students in the building and construction area. I think it has been pretty steady because the downturn in manufacturing has affected the metals and engineering area.
“The new housing developments in the north, which is one of the biggest growth areas in the State, is also fuelling that demand for construction apprentices.”
Top students from the Year 12 graduating class were Madison ter Bogt and Max Joseph.
Madison was named Food and Hospitality Apprentice of the Year and also received the Max Davids Award which recognises the outstanding student across the entire Year 12 cohort. During the year she was also a finalist in the school-based Apprentice of the Year at the SA Training Awards.
Dedicated to becoming a chef, Madison spends her spare time exploring Adelaide’s food scene to expand her knowledge and understanding of the industry. She has secured an apprenticeship with FINO Seppeltsfield.
Max, who was a school leader in 2016/17, received three awards at the college graduation ceremony. They included Electrotechnology Student of the Year, the ADF Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Award and the Principal’s Award.
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