Learning the ropes of Business

04 May 2017

A group of secondary students are learning the ropes of starting a small business.

The students from secondary schools across the region attend Community College Gippsland one day a week to undertake a VET in Schools Business Studies class and have set up their own virtual clothing business - IDK.

VET in Schools Business students learn tips from CEO Sue Geals and Media specialist Karyn O'Brien

Photo above: VET in Schools Business students learn tips from Community College Gippsland CEO Sue Geals,  Karyn O'Brien Media and Marketing and Business Trainer Dee Jackson.

CCG Business Studies Trainer Dee Jackson said the students worked in a team to research how to set up a business and were now taking roles in the business to get a feel for what the various job positions entail and the work they perform.

“The students have also sought out mentors working in business roles to hear their experiences working in industry.”

“The students interviewed CCG Chief Executive Officer Sue Geals, Finance Manager Faye McLachlan and Karyn O’Brien in Media and Marketing.”

Student Adam Warminger said it was a good way to get a feel for business.

“I want to work in business administration so to be able to gain a qualification while I’m at school and to build my knowledge is a step forward for me.”

Dee Jackson said the students kept a running journal on what took place in their business each week, conducted business meetings, and worked together to plan, market and sell their products under their IDK clothing brand.

“We have encouraged the young people to talk to people in business to gain insight into what jobs are like and to hear their experiences. This also builds their communication skills and their confidence.”

Community College Gippsland offers VET in Schools (VETiS) subjects to secondary students who attend campus each week to gain a Certificate II qualification in subjects including Business, Hairdressing, Beauty, and Community Services. The VET in Schools program aims to give students a taste of industry, and build their work-related skills, career and training pathways.

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