The Trade Schools for the Future program is an education initiative that enables government high school students to combine their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE) studies with Vocational and Education Training (VET) in the form of a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship.

The Trade Schools for the Future program aims to ensure students have genuine career pathways and that employers gain motivated, trained and work-ready employees.

Specialist Apprenticeship Brokers are on hand at schools who link students and employers in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

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Cleve Field Days

Below are some images of the team (L to R John Solly, Kim Bennett, Greg Treloar and Karen Skinner) at the Cleve Field Days.

As the wider image partially indicates we are at Site 169 in the’ RAN Build’ Shed which represents a significant number of public schools on the Eyre Peninsula.

Schools include – Tumby Bay Area School, Cummins Area School, Cleve Area School, Kimba Area School, Cowell Area School and Edward John Eyre High School.  Most of these sites are unmanned so in addition to our own work we are providing support for these sites.  VTech Automotive is also with us as they represent the VET delivery component of the amazing ‘Sims Farm’ business partnership – a community driven operation which includes a significant number of the local Cleve businesses.

In addition we are running some science week activities to support the launch of the Eyre and Western Regional Science Hub.  Activities include a ‘count the (lolly) frogs in the jar, but with a twist to support the NRM ‘Frog Watch’ program!  The jar has mainly red lolly frog to represent the native species, but also includes some chocolate frog which represent an invasive species from Western Australia.  There are two ‘orienteering’ type competitions one which is map/sites based and the other GPS driven – participants must navigate around the field days sites, determine site exhibitors, answer a question about the particular STEM activity and use the first letter of the exhibitors name to create a ‘code break’ word – all against the clock!  It’s certainly a challenge.  Zoos SA have kindly donated family passes and ‘Panda Experience’ passes as prizes for these events, so there is a significant incentive ‘to have a go’.


Cleve Field Days 1

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School-based Apprentice of the Year

Leuwin Andrew
Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Attends Blackwood High School
Trained by TAFE SA
Employed by Windy Point Restaurant


Other DECD Nominees:

      Andrew Schulz             Joel Porter             Matt Turball full a      

School Based Apprentice of the year       

Andrew Schulz
Certificate III in Electrotechnology
Attends Jamestoen Community School
Employed by Leesong Electrical

School Based Apprentice of the year

Joel Porter
Certificate III in Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Technology
Attends Jamestown Community School
Employed by Kelly Toyota

Vocational Student of the year

Matt Turball
Certificate III in Horticulture
Certificate III Conservation & Land Management      
Attends Renmark High School
Employed by Angove Family Winemakers