November 14, 2006 at 7:45 am #238614
Today I’m a really proud dad. 😀
About a month ago my 15yo step son was expelled from school after years of just avoiding this consequence by the skin of his teeth (no not the reason for my pride).
Oddly, the expulsion has been the best thing for him. He started a self-paced year 10 equivilency 3 weeks ago and by next Wednesday he will have completed the maths component. A real achievement for a lad with a learning disability which means that despite having technically completed 3/4 Yr 10 he had a maths standard of Yr 6. Until now!
But the major reason for my pride is since the expulsion he has applied for about 6 jobs (a lot for a kid without Yr 10 or work experience) and had 4 interviews.
Today he got to chose between a 12 months traineeship in timber truss manufacture or a 4 year metal sheet apprenticeship. :tup:
He has accepted the sheet metal apprenticeship and starts next week Wednesday. By good fortune his mate starts there tomorrow and it’s just around the corner from his mother’s work (also in a factory) and she happens to work the same hours as he will be so the boys have transport (no excuses – haha) :tup:November 14, 2006 at 8:07 am #281781SonyaMember
Great news Herbman! You must be very proud. Everyone needs to find their own way to success… and the journey takes many interesting turns sometimes.
Good on him :clap:
SonyaNovember 14, 2006 at 8:29 am #281782AnonymousInactive
school ins’t for everyone. My brother left school half way through yr 11 and joined the Army (just to be like big brother ;))
ANd anyway, 5 years later, he is still there loves every minute of it, and has done very well. He is a CPL in the engineer corp and plans on leaving the Army soon to start his own plumming business. (Gained his trade in the Army)
He found his way, Sonya is completly correct. Mum and Dad didn’t stop him, they just encouraged him..November 14, 2006 at 9:58 am #281783beccaMember
Sounds like a door closed (or was slammed in his face?!!) and a big window opened, and it’s all working out well. You have every reason to be proud! :clap:November 14, 2006 at 11:58 am #281784GiannaMember
That’s great news Herbman! :clap:November 14, 2006 at 1:51 pm #281785edensgateMember
I’m so glad he found a way out that suits him. And fantastic that he has morale support in a friend and his mother.November 14, 2006 at 6:40 pm #281786ChezzaParticipant
What a tense month it must of been at times!!! Good on him!! And he’ll have a trade at the end of 4 years, even better!!! :tup::tup::tup:
What a relief for his parents, a 15 year old with a whole stack of time on his hands is a recipe for disaster. ;);)
I have a nephew who finishes grade 12 on Friday…..Already not coming home and not ringing to say where he is!! He has already lived through a few incidences that makes this scary!! He is also off to schoolies at the Gold Coast this Friday!!! 😡
Herb and Mrs Herb it is wonderful news!!
Cheryle. xxNovember 14, 2006 at 9:10 pm #281787FranceyneMember
This is great news Herb, for both you parents and the boy.
I too was expelled from secondary school – half way through year 11, I now manage a team of 14 or so people in an international professional membership body. I wasn’t a good student but I’m a great employee and better at making my own decisions and destiny.
Your boy has my very best wishes!
Fran.November 14, 2006 at 9:17 pm #281788liz_gcmamaMember
Congratulations! School just isn’t the place for some young people!
LizNovember 14, 2006 at 9:44 pm #281789
Chezza – Hope schoolies is good for your nephew. I understand the worry and also the “incidences” 😉
Fran – thankyou for the inspiration there 🙂 Actually my partner left school the day she turned 15 and has never been unemployed (she’s 40 now). Sure, she is just in a factory job, but she’s been offered supervisory positions there and turned them down and is a good worker too.
Liz – nope, it just isn’t!November 14, 2006 at 10:20 pm #281790frostyMember
sheet metal work is a great trade – mr frosty did a apprenticeship in it way back in the dim dark past 😉
it is a great shame that now days some people look down on tradesmen and the govt has not supported apprenticeships
but in the hard times to come with Global warming PO and economic troubles tradesman are going to be in great demand
good luck to him 😀
frosty ( mrs sheet metal worker 😆 )November 14, 2006 at 10:43 pm #281791
Mrs Frosty – I am a qualified tradesman too (though I am the worst radio tech ever 😆 ). I reckon tradies are really important because they have lots of practical skills that we couldn’t live without. I agree about the govt no supporting apprenticeships. 8 years ago when I was offered an apprenticeship that I couldn’t start until after Christmas I was incensed to find that the govt wouldn’t pay me unemployment benefits unless I tried to find a “better” job than the one I was starting in 4 weeks time. Yet they would have payed me Austudy if I was waiting 4 weeks to start university!
I think they’re starting to improve though – by the look of all the current advertising. Forcing us to pay for university was the first big push towards getting more school leavers into trades and now they are making big push (here in Qld at least) with advertising promoting trade apprenticeships over university study. (BTW in respect to govt forcing us to pay: I have a massive HECS debt and fully believe that I should be the one paying it, not people who chose to follow other paths – afterall why should TAFE students pay for their education, but university students be exempt? And it’s not like you have to pay upfront or repay more than you can afford – under the current system – I don’t support up-front fees. I started university the first year free uni was abolished).
I also worked as a sheet metal lacky for about 6 months before I started my trade apprenticeship – good honest physical work, just what a growing boy needs 😉
And as for tradies being important – without them we wouldn’t have aircon, timber floors, patio/carport, cars repaired, pests controlled, actually not even a house for that matter. Imagine the world without them. :awch:November 14, 2006 at 11:08 pm #281792FranceyneMember
Just for interest – sheetmetal worker is one of the occupations on the demand list in Australia – we have a recognised shortage.November 15, 2006 at 5:21 am #281793glenleaMember
I’m new here and the first post I read was yours Herbman. I just wanted to say that your step-son’s story is very reasuring. I currently have a 15 yr old son who has been suspended from school many times now (must be expulsion next) and just isn’t doing too well. He has had a couple of casual jobs and I believe he will make an excellent worker. I really want him to finish to year 10 but I don’t care about the HSC. I think it is highly overrated. I too left school at 15 like your partner and have never been out of work too(though now I am at home caring for my kids). I started studying again last year and am now doing my HSC, LOL! I just love studying but at 15 – no way!
I dearly hope my son is as fortunate as yours and thank you for sharing your inspirational story.
LeanneNovember 15, 2006 at 5:26 am #281794glenleaMember
Oh yeah BTW, I forgot to say there is nothing wrong with being a tradesperson. In some areas they are desperately needed and quite often earn more than a person who has gone to Uni.
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