Year 12s take pledge to enter workforce or further studies
ROCKHAMPTON State High School is doing its bit to ensure new generations are entering the workforce.
Tomorrow, all Year 12 students from the school will sign a pledge to engage in further education, employment or training after completing their senior studies.
The pledge, now entering its 14th year, is a component of the school's FEET First program.
Program co-ordinator Kate Ingram said it was important to help students engage in opportunities after school.
"We assist students through work experience, TAFE course options, information on university courses, resumes, applications, school-based apprenticeship and traineeships," she said.
"We try to utilise all those aspects to give students a good opportunity to start their career while still at school."
Ms Ingram said the program was even more essential given the current climate of youth unemployment.
"It is a really important area that needs to be supported... it was identified 14 years ago there was a problem with kids transitioning from school to employment and we have seen it get more and more difficult," she said.
School captains Madison Dyer and David Foxwell said their work experience, organised through FEET First, enabled them to understand the realities of employment, and make them more comfortable to enter the workforce.
They praised the program for its ability to ensure they and their peers were ready to enter the workforce after completing their studies.