VCAL Students of the Week
Year 12 Anthony Connolly
I have chosen to do a School Based Traineeship in Transport and Logistics, as my family have been involved in the industry for 50 years. Growing up around this has made me want to work in the transport industry for years. I think that this is the best place to start and continue to learn the ropes. My VET course helps me learn how everything works, besides just the transporting of goods. There is a lot more to it than just driving. My course teaches me all about these processes. My VET work involves completing booklets independently. I have to complete three booklets a month and, at the end of the month, I have a physical assessment when I go out and demonstrate what I have learnt. I enjoy the work I do and being around the business. I like learning more and more about this industry and feel like I can make a difference. Fridays for me usually include an early start at work due to all the freight having to be dispatched, as the stores are opening. Most weeks I clock on around 5:00am and I work through until roughly 8:00am loading trucks, unpacking pallets and helping sort out paperwork. I will then stick around the yard to complete various tasks or I will jump in with one of the drivers to do some deliveries, mostly around Geelong, Bellarine or the Surf Coast. When I return I get back to loading more trucks as they return from their morning deliveries. During this time, I also work with the forklift operators in stacking pallets and sorting out freight. Depending on how busy it is, I finish any time between 2:00pm and 5:00pm. This year I have experienced so many new and different things. I think the most interesting thing would be learning about all the rules and regulations, as there is so many to take in and so many to remember.
Year 11 Max Fairbrother
My chosen career path is to become a carpenter and then retire and become a surfboard shaper. I study Certificate II Building and Construction at The Gordon on Wednesday afternoons. I like to work with my hands and make things. The highlight of my work placement is using all of the equipment like nail guns, big saws and hammers to build things from the ground up. A typical Friday at work for me involves talking to the boss on arrival, getting out the tools, work for a bit, ‘smoko’, work for a bit more, then lunch, a little bit more work, then pack up the tools and go home. If you like hands-on learning and like the freedom to do your own thing, then a VCAL and VET pathway is the way to go.
Mrs Kerryn Fearnsides