Students use business brains

STUDENTS got a taste of what it takes to work in the business world when they competed in the regional World Skills Competition on Friday.

Year 11 students from Yanco Ag and Marian Catholic College competed against each other for top spot in the Riverina Murray business services competition.

The day-long competition enabled students to put their business services skills to the test and perform the daily routine of someone in a business services role.

Five students from each school participated in the competition, with the winner, second and third place-getters heading to Wagga for an awards ceremony later this month.

The regional winner will then go on to the state championships and could end up at the national finals.

Business services teacher at Marian Catholic College, Bernie Maginnity, said it was a great opportunity for his students to see where they’re at compared to others.

“The kids are doing a fantastic job,” Mr Maginnity said.

“The main benefit for them is to see where they’re at.”

Marian Catholic College student Ellen Baird said she’d found it a great learning experience.

“I’ve really enjoyed it,” Ellen said.

“It’s testing what we should know and teaches us what it’s like to work in business – but we get that from work experience as well.”

Yanco Ag’s Jess Johnston, who lives at Weethalle, said it had been different to a usual school day.

“In every aspect of work you need business skills and I’m interested in agriculture so it’s good to have the basics,” Jess said.

“If I do end up managing a farm one day, I’ll be able to do the books myself.”

Marian Catholic College assistant principal said the school was very proud to host the event.

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