Mr. Matt Kean has been the principal of Holy Spirit Catholic Primary school (VIC) for 3 years and has recently become a firm believer in AFL SportsReady’s School Program since taking on his first trainee in 2019. We talked to Mr. Kean about his experience as a host employer and how taking on Education Support Trainees has benefited the school.
Q. What are the top 5 reasons Trainees in Schools work?
1) it’s a win-win for the trainee and the school
2) An opportunity to learn and earn for the trainee
3) Creates a pathway to a teaching career
4) Working collaboratively with teachers to support the learning of students
5) Schools are an incredibly supportive environment that nurtures lifelong learning for students (and adults)
Q. Why did you decide to take on trainees at your school?
A. After hearing such great feedback from other schools about the trainees they employed, we made a decision to take the same path at Holy Spirit. We had one trainee in 2019 and another two this year (2020). We offer the Traineeship opportunity to year 12 students from our local catholic secondary school, Xavier High School which has strengthen our relationship.
Q. How helpful are trainees as an additional support resource for the school?
A. The trainees have been an invaluable support and resource for our school over the past 18 months. They have fit in with the staff incredibly well. Their ability to work with the students has been exceptional. The trainee’s work to support the learning of the students on a day to day basis. This includes working within a whole class environment, small groups and individuals. The trainees have the opportunity to go on all excursions and overnight camps. Such has been the success of the three trainees we have had at Holy Spirit we will continue to offer traineeships to Year 12 Xavier High students well into the future.
Q. What are the benefits of a Traineeship for a young person looking to pursue a career in teaching?
A. The trainees complete their Certificate III in Education Support while working in the school environment. This gives them the first-hand link between the theory and the practice. Having two trainees this year has allowed them to work together collaboratively, which is so vital in any school. They have the opportunity to learn quality teaching practices while supporting the learning of the students. We hope that this 12-month experience moves them towards undertaking an undergraduate Education Degree the following year.
Q. How are trainees supported through their journey at the school?
A. The trainees are supported from the very outset when they join us at Holy Spirit. They undertake an induction process and then are provided with an AFL SportsReady Field Officer who provides support and guidance for the duration of the program. Trainees are also assigned and Educator to assist with the formal education component of the Traineeship.
Q. Is there anything the school learns from the trainees?
A. As our trainees are directly out of school, they have an understanding and a way of working with the students that is fresh and familiar for them. They bring feedback from their own schooling and a delivery that is relevant for our students. Our students feel comfortable with them and form a rapport that is a vital link between our students and our teachers.
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