The Navigating Future Pathways 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 Navigating Future Pathways program aims to ensure students have genuine career pathways and that employers gain motivated, trained and work-ready employees.

Specialist Career Pathways Managers are on hand at schools who can support students with school-based apprenticeships and traineeships.

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Cleve Field Days

Below are some images of the team 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’.


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Max Miegel 2 Michael Jenkinson

School-based Apprentice of the Year

Max Miegel

Certificate III in Agriculture
Attends Urrbrae Agricultural High School
Trained by Regional Skills Training
Employed by IL & JA Mueller

At 17 years old, Max Miegel is living his dream to pursue what he loves and follow an agricultural pathway. He attends Urrbrae Agricultural High School and is completing an Australian School-Based Apprenticeship in Agriculture while working on a dairy farm. Max enjoys hands-on learning and is grateful for the career opportunities his apprenticeship has provided him with. He has a driving passion for farming, and plans to continue his learning and eventually start his own farm.

VET Trainer or Teacher of the Year

Michael Jenkinson

Employed by Christies Beach High School



Michael Jenkinson’s lifelong love of nature and his passion for the environment and conservation issues led him to a career in education. He manages the science laboratories and runs a VET course in conservation and land management at Christies Beach High School. Michael is thrilled to be able to combine his twin passions for nature and education into a fulfilling career, and is committed to guiding the next generation to do their bit to save the planet.


Other DECD Nominees:

Madison ter BOGT Phoebe BRICE Ellie JONES

School Based Apprentice of the year

Madison ter Bogt

Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

Attends St Patrick’s Technical College

Trained by TAFE SA

Employed by Salty Pork Fino Seppeltsfield Pty Ltd

Madison ter Bogt is undertaking a school-based apprenticeship as a chef at Fino Seppeltsfield while studying year 12 at St Patrick's Technical College. While she hadn’t originally imagined herself becoming a chef, a mix of her past experiences, desire to travel and love for food triggered the idea to pursue this path. Madison is grateful for the opportunity to begin her career while completing her schooling, and she is excited to travel and work at the same time once she has finished her apprenticeship.


School Based Apprentice of the year

Phoebe Brice

Certificate III in Individual Client Support

Attends Gladstone High School

Trained by TAFE SA

Employed by Country Health South Australia

Phoebe Brice works for the Laura and District hospital and is completing a Certificate III in Individual Client Support as an Australian School-Based Apprentice. Phoebe’s apprenticeship has given her valuable experience in the medical field where she eventually aspires to work. Despite problems in the family home making her apprenticeship commitments difficult, Phoebe was determined to continue, and credits her mother as being her major inspiration. Phoebe plans to pursue a medical career as a doctor after attending university in 2018, specialising in paediatric oncology.



School Based Apprentice of the year

Ellie Jones

Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care

Attends Keith Area School

Trained by Limestone Coast Training

Employed by Keith War Memorial Community Kindergarten and Childcare Centre

Ellie Jones is completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care at the Keith War Memorial Community Kindergarten and Childcare Centre while she completes her year 12 education at Keith Area School. Ellie has always had a passion and desire to work with children and is grateful for the experience her school-based apprenticeship has provided her with. After completing year 12, Ellie plans to take a gap year and then go on to complete a degree in early childhood teaching at university.



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