One of the positives from the Real Futures programs is the emphasis and help it gives students in preparing for the world of work and/or further education.
An example is Cassey Sheather who commenced as as first year apprentice chef at the Horizons Gold Resort at Salamander Bay.
Cassey finished Year 12 in 2015 at Tomaree High Shcool. She made the no-dole pledge as part of the Real Futures program while in Year 10 at Tomaree where she realised going through to Year 12 and taking on further education such as the apprenticeship was the way to a solid future in the workplace.
Cassey said she was very thankful for the opportunities she had been given.
Another success thanks to exposure to Real Futures programs has been panel beater Damien Crew, who works at Anthony Lloyd Smash Repairs at Salamander Bay.
Damien completed Year 10 at Tomaree High and started work at the repairer after earlier completing two week’s work experience. He was involved in many Real Futures programs including polish, careers quest, and try-a-trade and careers expo excursion. He also received a Soldiers Point Marina vocational award.
Last year Damien was nominated as one of the four finalists in the MTA Motor Industry Awards in the apprentice of the year category.