Life after high school - Josiah Corowa


Corinda State High School's Senior Schooling team partners with employers across a range of industries to create work experience opportunities for students and pathways post school. A recent example of this successful partnership is 2021 graduate Josiah Corowa who recently commenced a 4-year apprenticeship with J&P Richardson Industries (JPR).

From hundreds of applicants, Josiah successfully secured one of six positions with the leading electrical contracting company who he had undertaken work experience with during his senior year. 

Work experience provides invaluable insight for students according to Corinda's Vocational Education Training (VET) Coordinator, Karina Doolan who helped Josiah secure the opportunity that would cement his chosen pathway after school. 

“We received positive feedback from JPR after Josiah completed his work experience so it was no surprise when JPR advertised job opportunities with us that he applied," Ms Doolan said. "In prep for his interview, we practiced aptitude tests and I advocated for him on several occasions. At school, Josiah was an outstanding role model to younger Indigenous students and actively contributed to the school's cultural pride."

In return, Josiah is full of praise for Ms Doolan's assistance. "I received a lot of guidance from her. I wasn't sure where to start my job search but with her help and my interest in the electrical industry having completed a Certificate II in Electrotechnology in Year 11, I had options to pursue," the 2021 QATSIF Young Indigenous Leader Award winner said.  

JPR views the partnership between schools and industry as essential. Industry can provide real world experiences and support students to achieve their pathway goals according to Deb Fox, JPR's WHSE Manager / Apprentice Training Manager. "Communicating early about our apprenticeship offering means we can be involved in setting students up for success to obtaining an apprenticeship," Ms Fox said.  

"In the electrical space, it is so important that teachers, students and parents understand what an industrial electrician actually does, what an employer is looking for, the career pathways available and the academic requirements to ensure success," she said.  

While waking up at 5:00 am has taken some adjustment, Josiah is relishing the transition from school to full-time work. Throughout his electrical fitter mechanic apprenticeship, he will learn how to build, repair and maintain the electrical infrastructure for overhead, underground and water infrastructure. 

His advice to students looking at future pathways? "Don't be afraid to ask for help. There are people who can help you look for a job, prepare for an interview or even help you decide which path you want to take. There's always someone there to support you. You just have to ask."​

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Last reviewed 26 July 2022
Last updated 26 July 2022