A night for employers. Tiarna Hampton (James Nash State High School trainee), Sharyn Alford (employer – Talking Heads), Paulina Kars (MEGT Apprenticeships and Traineeships), Jenny Buchanan (advisory visiting teacher) and Sean Connelly (schools partnership broker – Community Solutions).
A night for employers. Tiarna Hampton (James Nash State High School trainee), Sharyn Alford (employer – Talking Heads), Paulina Kars (MEGT Apprenticeships and Traineeships), Jenny Buchanan (advisory visiting teacher) and Sean Connelly (schools partnership broker – Community Solutions). Tanya Easterby

Employers recognised at school function

GYMPIE employers who have taken on work experience students, casual staff and school-based traineeships and apprenticeships will be the guests of honour at a function at St Patrick's College tomorrow night.

The evening is being organised by the Cooloola Schools Cluster - a collaborative approach by all secondary schools in the region and alternate education providers, who meet on a regular basis to look at the local school system and how they can holistically make a difference in young peoples lives in Gympie and surrounds.

Catering will be in the hands of students for the night, which will run from 5.30-7pm.

Local schools partnership broker Sean Connelly, of Community Solutions, said each school invited their own employers to the function, which was a collective school event, where the cluster team would thank both new and old participating employers.

"All current employers who participate in school-based programs and all new employers interested in finding out how they can be part of, or learn about school engagement in their workplace, are welcome to attend the free evening with drinks and nibbles provided.," Mr Connelly said.

He said the group's working mission statement was "Ccreating education, training and employment for young people by fostering partnerships within our local community", with the added vision statement of "All youth in our community are successfully engaged in education, training or employment".

"Sometimes it can be difficult to work towards a common goal or even head in the right direction," he said.

"I know the chair of the cluster, Johannes Solymosi of Victory College, has worked with the cluster participants to ensure we have a common goal and I think this nicely sums up the work we do."

With representatives from Cooloola Christian College, Victory College, St Patricks, James Nash State High, Gympie State High, Mary Valley State College, Tin Can Bay P-10, Edmund Rice Flexi School, TAFE, Education QLD, the Youth Support Coordinator, the Youth Connections contact as well as the local School Partnership Broker, there is a great mix of people dedicated to the betterment of education in Gympie and parts close by.