For school students seeking industry pathways, Hedland Senior High School’s close proximity to and strong partnerships with operators like BHP, Fortescue Metals Group, Rivet, Goodline, Monadelphous, QUBE, the Pilbara Port Authority and other local industries have facilitated sought-after apprenticeships for several members of the school’s 2020 graduating year.
Tara Mellberg began her boiler making apprenticeship straight after graduating in November with local construction and maintenance service operator Goodline.
“I always loved the metalworking classes I took through Hedland Senior High School’s Trade Training Centre in Year 11 and 12, so I thought boiler making would be good,” she said. “I think it was a good call. I love it.”
18-year-old graduate Jed Marsden is two months into a four-year electrical apprenticeship with global resource company BHP. Jed, who completed all his schooling at Hedland Senior High School, said the school helped him out when he decided to use his ATAR pathway to apply for an apprenticeship during Year 12.
“It’s been good. I got into all the apprenticeships I’d applied for during my final year but decided on this one,” he said.
The School’s dedicated Trade Training Centre is a purpose-built facility for students in Years 11 and 12 that offers new forms of innovative training, links to industry and potential employers through School Based Traineeships, which include work experience. Students participate in 220 hours of work experience over Years 11 and 12, working closely with local companies with the intention of being selected for apprenticeships with these companies upon completion of Year 12.
Tara’s advice to Hedland Senior High School students heading into their final years at school: follow your gut. “Do what you want to do, and people will support you,” she said.
Congratulations Jed and Tara and all the graduates of Hedland Senior High School’s 2020 year. We wish you all the best in your new careers here in Port Hedland and across Western Australia.