Our lighthouse program in TREE is our Internship program. This program offers 8 students the chase to develop their skillets while working in industry.
At the end of Term 3 students are invited to apply. They do this via a written application or video application that highlights their strengths, interests, future career interests and reason for applying. Following this, shortlisted candidates are interviewed and a select few pitch to their prospective companies for a coveted position. The students then sign a job contract and begin work in early Term 4, visiting their industry for between 0.5 and 1 day a week for ~20 weeks. Whilst there the students work on a specific project that they later communicate back to the wider school and Central West community.
Our inaugural pilot internships concluded in Term 1 of 2018. The following students worked on a specific project for 10 weeks, going out to their respective businesses for a day a week.
Hattie worked at Adagio Alpaca Mill in Orange. During her time there, she learned how to process a 5kg batch of alpaca wool. Hattie’s mentor, owner Nadine Hulme, worked her through the necessary steps including the de-hairer, the carder, the pin drafter, the spinning machine, the plying machine and finally the ball winder. Hattie commented that the experience developed her communication skills, gave her an extensive knowledge of the wool milling industry and processes, and a better developed understanding of life after school.
Ben worked at MSM Milling in Manildra as a trainee engineer. During his internship he worked with MSM representatives to develop a new mechanical part that slowed the passage of seed in one of the many machines of the refinery. Ben valued the time spent with passionate people, developed his communication skills and enjoyed learning outside of the classroom while on internship. He has spoken enthusiastically with the current Year 10s regarding applying to be involved in 2018.
Fletcher worked with Peter Jackson at Coronga White Suffolk Stud. During his internship, Fletcher learnt a great deal about sheep genetics and how to use statistics in best practice farming. He has keenly taken some of his new-found knowledge back home to the farm in Grenfell.
Ethan worked at Paraway Pastoral for his internship. Ethan worked with staff to develop a computer software program that mapped the pasture density of their Condobolin property over an 18-year period. He later took this program out to the farm manager to discuss which paddocks are most appropriate for stock at particular times of the year.
Lily worked at Gilmandyke Angus Stud. Working primarily on their Kangaroobie property, Lily learned about the processes of artificial insemination and embryo transfers. Lily excelled in her role and was regularly asked to return to help during the busy end of year activities.
Our 2019 Interns are as follows;
Sarah Chamberlain – Intern at Westpac Agribusiness
Lew Connick – Vigneron at SeeSaw Wines
Digby Cooper – Videographer and Drone Technician at AWEvision
Hamish Donnelly – Agronomist at BiteRiot
Holly Gutterson – Vet at Central West Equine
Sarah Shepherd – Apiarist at Australian Queen Bee Line
Heidi Strudwick – Stock and Station Agent at McCarron Cullinane
Henry Williams – Intern at Angus Barrett Saddlery