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RDA role links school students to businesses

Wednesday, 22nd May, 2013

Keira Fulham is the new traineeship coordinator at Regional Development Australia Far West. Keira Fulham is the new traineeship coordinator at Regional Development Australia Far West.

By Emily Roberts

Regional Development Australia (RDA) Far West has employed Keira Fulham to co-ordinate traineeships with businesses and schools.

Keira’s position involves handling traineeships for students in Year 11 and 12.

“This way they will still be able to get a certificate that will count towards their Higher School Certificate,” she said.

“I am also organising the Careers Expo this year.”

Keira said the new job was a bit daunting but she was getting the hang of it.

“It’s a bit scary. I’ve never done anything like this, but it’s good to get out and help people figure out what they want to do after Year 11 and 12,” she said.

“I am able to show them the options they have and make it less scary to leave school.”

Keira’s work also involves liasing with schools and businesses.

“I work with kids in the whole Western Region. That includes Broken Hill, Menindee, Wilcannia, Coomealla and Nyngan,” she said.

But a lot of businesses weren’t sure of what was involved, she said.

“I explain that it is only part-time or a couple of days a week.

“Once they know they are happy to take on trainees.

“It gives students a way to still get their HSC, but not be in school all the time.”

Keira said as part of arranging the Careers Expo she will be asking students what they want to see there.

“We are trying to get an idea of what kids want. We want to encourage them.”

The Careers Expo will be held on August 7.

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