Posted March 04, 2020 09:36:28 For the past two years, 16-year-old Chloe and her brother James have been in and out of HVAC training with the same teacher, Paul.
They’ve been working in the classroom for nearly six months and James is still adjusting to the work environment.
“We’re trying to learn as much as we can so we can be the best we can, to make sure we’re good in class and be good in our job,” James said.
“He’s really supportive and he’s encouraging us, so we’re really enjoying it.”
The siblings’ parents have been working on their own and have been given a new teacher.
They’re hoping to complete the 12 weeks of training with their new teacher in the next few months.
Paul has been working as a consultant and has been training with his students at the school.
“It’s a very different environment and they have a lot of different things to work on,” Paul said.
Paul said his students have been able to learn to cope with the stress of working in HVACA and he is confident they will be well prepared for the long-term changes that lie ahead.
“The teachers are really, really supportive of us and they are excited about our progress,” he said.
“We’ve been doing a lot more than just learning but we’ve also been teaching and it’s very challenging.”
I’m really happy to have a team of people behind me that are all on the same page and that we can share information about how to work and how to be safe and how things work.
“Paul and Chloe are not alone in their training.
In July, a 19-year old from NSW also trained with Paul.
A teacher’s role “The school is really different, the classroom is different, you have to be on the clock all day, the staff have to get up at five in the morning and do their work,” said Chloe. “
I’ve never worked in a school before and I’ve never been in the HVCA so I don’t know what it’s like,” she said.
A teacher’s role “The school is really different, the classroom is different, you have to be on the clock all day, the staff have to get up at five in the morning and do their work,” said Chloe.
They also have to deal with other issues such as bullying, where teachers are expected to intervene in students’ lives and report concerns to the principal or the HVTAC.
“Sometimes we get to know the kids a bit better and they start to ask questions and ask if they can ask us for advice,” Chloe said.
“Sometimes we don’t get to be as much of a part of the daily work, because we’re busy and busy people, but we’re just really happy and really proud of ourselves.”
For Chloe and James, the training has been a learning experience.
“When we got in it was really difficult,” Chloe explained.
“But we’ve had so much fun, it’s really fun.”
The trainee teacher’s experience ‘very exciting’ Chloe said she hopes to work with the new teacher for many more years to come.
“I know I’m going to do a lot better than the one I’ve been with so far,” she explained.
James and Chloe said their experience at the HVCAC training was “very exciting”.
“They are really welcoming and really caring,” Chloe added.
But for Chloe and their parents, their training is just the beginning.
The next step is to move into their own home, with their family members around to support them.
With the HVRAC training program coming to an end, James and Chloe plan to continue training in their home.
A number of teachers have previously trained their students and are also working in homes and workplaces.
“Our goal is to make the HVAAC a better place for kids to work, learn and be happy,” Paul, the teacher, said.