Experiencing work in Gloucester

Emily Dulihanty at Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre (BOAC) for her year 10 work experience. Photo Holly Willis
Emily Dulihanty at Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre (BOAC) for her year 10 work experience. Photo Holly Willis

Finding a work experience placement is hard in Gloucester, being a rural area with not as many opportunities as a city, but students at Gloucester High School (GHS) have found opportunities they enjoy in and around town.

After preparing for work experience since earlier this year, with the help of GHS Careers Advisor Michael De Angelis, year 10 students have found placements over a two week period. During week one (April 3-6), Emily Dulihanty has taken to the water at Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre (BOAC) and Kyle Clarke-Johnston and Clint Gibson have taken to the tools at Gloucester Rural Supplies – CRT.

Emily spent her first two days at BOAC teaching year nine students to kayak, before spending Thursday making brochures, folding linen, unloading and loading kayaks and even some food preparation. When asked what the best thing about the experience, she said “Kayaking”. 

Kyle Clarke-Johnston fixing a motor at CRT for 2018 work experience. Photo Holly Willis

Kyle Clarke-Johnston fixing a motor at CRT for 2018 work experience. Photo Holly Willis

Kyle has been enjoying his time CRT reassembling motors and fixing the blades on lawn-mowers, which is his favourite thing to do. Even though his hands got quite dirty, he found it fun. 

When students choose work experience, they try to choose something they may want as their future career, and even though Kyle doesn’t know what he wants to do once he leaves school, working at CRT was a great experience. 

Clint Gibson putting a lawn-mower engine together at CRT for his work experience. Photo Holly Willis

Clint Gibson putting a lawn-mower engine together at CRT for his work experience. Photo Holly Willis

Clint says he wants to be a mechanic once he leaves school, so working with engines at CRT is a great starting point for him. 

His favourite experience at CRT was driving a lawnmower.