HI HO, HI HO: Students Michelle Botes and Owen Strange, with Tamra Costello and Courtney Marshall onsite at Boyne Smelters Limited.
HI HO, HI HO: Students Michelle Botes and Owen Strange, with Tamra Costello and Courtney Marshall onsite at Boyne Smelters Limited. Kirsten Cunningham

Owen gets down to business at Boyne Smelter

AS SOON as Owen Strange, 15, walks through security at Boyne Smelters Limited, he is treated like an adult.

"It makes me feel like I fit in," he said yesterday, as work on his Certificate I in Business wrapped up for the week at the aluminium smelter.

Owen might take a while to grow into his uniform, but he already considers himself part of the team.

"Mum and dad both work in industry, and being here every week has given me a better understanding about what they do and what happens at BSL," he said.

The Tannum Sands State High School student is part of the first group of Year 10 kids to complete the certificate at the onsite Equip Business and Information Technology Skills Centre.

Program co-ordinator Tamra Costello said offering the program to Year 10 students for the first time had been a huge success.

"It isn't just the content they are studying, but the opportunity they have to see how BSL operates and work on worthwhile projects with the staff," she said.

Community relations specialist Courtney Marshall said the partnership was valued at more than $200,000 each year and was worth every cent.

"The students are learning how to be work ready and what better way to do it than for them to actually be immersed in industry?" she said.



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