Thursday, August 24, 2023


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Training The Next Generation

St Catherine’s Catholic College Year 10 student, Ivan Poljakavoic has recently completed an entire week of work experience, working with the Whitsunday Regional Council Bowen Office.

Primarily working in the Information Technology Department of Council, Ivan was given a fantastic opportunity to experience technical computer engineering and data base collection.

For five days, he was doing everything from internal computer diagnosing, IT jobs, and computer assembly and disassembly, as well as compute mapping.

“My supervisors and the Council gave me a good look at everything that is involved in the job,” Ivan explained.

“They were very supportive and helped me at every point of the week.”

With this work experience under his belt, Ivan is looking to complete a traineeship or certificate in Information Technology, wishing to expand his skills and talents.

“It’s exciting to see the amount of young people taking advantage of the opportunity to work in one of the many fields that local government has to offer,” said Julie Hall, Whitsunday Mayor.

“It’s also a positive for the organisation knowing that some of the students might decide to follow a career path at Whitsunday Regional Council in the future.”

St Catherine’s Catholic College is proud of our students and grateful to the Whitsunday Regional Council and all our hosts across the community.

“The work experience hosts have dedicated their time in training our students and provided an understanding of the work environment,” said Tara Congoo, VET and Pathways Coordinator for St Catherine’s Catholic College.

“Our students have received great feedback from their hosts, and we have had some students receive job offers and further training opportunities which is a fantastic outcome. “

Work experience student Ivan Poljakavoic spent one week in the Bowen Offices of the Whitsunday Regional Council, learning the tricks of the trade in Information Technologies. Photo supplied

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