School of jobs offers inspiration

Trades Norwest gets special visit


Monique De Silva is studying at Trades Norwest Anglican Senior College. Picture: Justin Sanson

TRADES Norwest Anglican Senior College, in Glenwood, has caught the eye of NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro who hopes to use it as an example of what can be achieved.

The senior high school allows its students, who are trade apprentices, to work for their employers during school hours two days a week, which contributes to school credit.

The students also spend one day a week learning trade skills and two days studying the rest of their HSC topics.

Principal Gaynor McKinnon said the school provided an adult environment which better prepared students

“The deputy premier was impressed with the flexible way that trade training, working as a school-based apprentice and senior HSC studies is combined at Trades Norwest to ensure students move easily into the workplace and back again into the classroom while they are completing their HSC,” Ms McKinnon said.

A spokesman for the minister said the purpose of the visit to the school was to ensure quality in the NSW vocational education system.

“As a former ‘chippy’, the NSW Minister for Skills knows vocational education is an incredibly powerful pathway into meaningful and rewarding work. The visit to Trades Norwest Anglican Senior College is part of an ongoing commitment by the NSW Government to ensure that the NSW Vocational Education system remains the leading VET system in the country.”