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Year 13 - Nurturing future Electricians

27 November 2019

Year 13 – Nurturing future Electricians

Sunnybank State High School’s forward-thinking initiative

A local high school in Sunnybank, QLD is paving the way towards helping graduate Year 12 students finding full-time work in the future. Sunnybank State High School has started the ‘Year 13’ initiative with teachers providing practical help finding, preparing for, and securing work.

2018 graduate, Ali Maisam was among the first students to partake in the newly established Year 13 program. The 18-year-old refugee from Afghanistan knew he wanted to be an electrician, but had no idea where to start. After discovering Ali struggled to get interviews or work (despite applying for dozens of electrical apprenticeships) O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Coopers Plains decided to take part in the program by inviting Ali to join their team.

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Images courtesy of ABC News: Allyson Horn

The program has been a huge success so far, not only for the students but also for local business and workplaces – 96% of last year’s graduates are now in full-time work or study, and nearly 20 students from outside Sunnybank State High School also joined the program.

For more information about the initiative, contact O’Brien Electrical & Plumbing Coopers Plains
or read the full ABC article here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-07/high-school-graduates-attend-year-13/11653506

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