Hair & Beauty
Early forecasts on the Youth Guarantee initiative suggest it’s working for WelTec’s youngest cohort of students.
WelTec students from the first wave of the Youth Guarantee initiative come from a variety of schools and backgrounds, but all seem to share a common sentiment - that further secondary school study simply wasn’t right for them.
Youth Guarantee students Nicola Kelly, Amberley Gittings and Jonathan Mulitalo who have provided feedback to say that so far, they are happy with their decision to begin study with WelTec rather than stay for a final year of secondary school. “If I had stayed in high school I simply would have been wasting my time,” says Hair and Beauty student, Amberley Gittings. “I knew what I wanted to do and really just wanted to get on and do it. Studying here, I’m actually learning what I want to learn.”
At this early stage feedback from students suggests WelTec’s applied approach to learning and application to real career outcomes has proved the right fit for students previously disengaged in secondary school study. For Certificate in Hotel Reception student, Nicola Kelly the experience has helped to change her attitude towards learning. “I wasn’t really that interested in study at high school, but now I’m really into it. I can actually see how what I’m learning will help me, says Nicola.”
Youth Guarantee students attend the same classes as general WelTec students, but are also provided with additional support and pastoral care, helping them to make the transition from secondary school to tertiary study. It was this additional support, that helped Youth Guarantee student Jonathan Mulitalo to convince his parents that WelTec was the right option for him.
“My parents were a bit worried about me leaving high school, but were happy when we found out about the pastoral care and tutor support at WelTec. Now, they’re actually really proud of me.”