The CATCH Program, facilitated by the Gippsland East LLEN, continues with 17 Year 9 students from Lakes Entrance Secondary College. Over the last few weeks, the students have progressed with the Project Ready program, and listened to many local guest speakers, who have shared their career path, and offered advice to our students to assist them with their future working lives and choices.

Bobbie Hall from BOLD Dance Studio, Sarah Carlisle from Venture Out, Tony Paganella from East Gippsland Tae Kwan Do, and Senior Constables Geoff Hanckel and Alan Rowlands from Victoria Police’s Lakes Entrance Station talked to the students about their individual career pathways.  Each speaker talked about values, interests, and choices, and how these may influence the students’ future careers.  They also talked about not being afraid to change direction, particularly as interests change over time, and the importance of finishing school.  As well as listening to the guest speakers, the students undertook a Tae Kwan Do class at the DefinedFX studio on The Esplanade.

The CATCH Program are grateful for the involvement of the Lakes Entrance CFA Brigade in the project, who developed a program that runs over six weeks.  This program introduces the students to the basics of firefighting, as well as the other aspects of the CFA’s role in the community.  The brigade has provided personal protective equipment for the students to use over the course of the program and worked very diligently in building a flexible program that is enjoyable for the students, while providing them with skills that will be very useful in their future.

“The local business community and organisations have been outstanding in their enthusiasm to be a part of our program, and to share their life experiences with the students,” Michele Fry, of the Gippsland East LLEN, said. “The program will continue over the coming months, and we’re thrilled to be able to involve other members of the community in working with our young people, to build their aspirations, and to understand the importance of staying at school to increase their options as they move into adulthood.”

Hose-rolling with the Lakes Entrance CFA

Hands-on workshops with the Lakes Entrance CFA have been a program highlight

Students take part in workshops with East Gippsland Tae Kwon Do

Stnad-up paddleboarding (SUP) with Venture Out