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How determination kept student career dream on track

THE career dreams of Year 12 student Arthur Sadek are well on the way to coming true thanks in part to the determination of his teachers at Delany College Granville.

The teenager who lives with spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, a physical disability with associated short stature, has been nominated for a Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools’ Student of the Year at the regional 2020 NSW Training Awards,
The school helped him follow his passion for food tech and hospitality with a Certificate II Hospitality course as part of his studies, although it was far from smooth sailing after his initial attempts to find work placement were knocked back.
“When I was trying to get work placement, the workplace people said they couldn’t do it because of my disability but my school persevered” Arthur said.
Completing a work placement in a kitchen at La-Cova, CathWest Innovation College’s cafe, he said the VET course had given him crucial skills including more confidence interacting and speaking with people as he explores the possibility of becoming a priest.
VET officer with the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, Veronica Niessen, says Arthur has the skills and personality to be a great success whatever direction he takes now.
”He’s told me he wants to go into the priesthood and I get the feeling a big part of that is about service to people and being fair; he possesses a lot of emotional intelligence that a lot of other kids don’t have,” she said.

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