Josh learns about the world

Every Thursday, 16-year-old Josh Greene hops on the school bus dressed ready for a day at work.

Instead of spending the hours learning about maths and science, Josh heads out into the workforce to learn how the real world operates.

Josh, a soon-to-be Year 11 student at Jindabyne Central School (JCS), spends each Thursday doing work experience at the Snowy Region Visitors' Centre.

His jobs include everything from labeling products, restocking brochures, cleaning displays, shredding sensitive documents to feeding the Corroboree frogs.

He has even manned the National Parks entrance gate at Sawpit Creek, on the way to Perisher.

Josh's work experience is part of a prelude to a Work and the Community Life Skills Course he is undertaking as part of his Higher School Certificate studies this year.

Earlier last year Josh worked in the office and library at JCS but during the final term of school he left the security of school grounds.

"I was looking for work experience outside school and the National Parks centre seemed like the best choice for that," Josh said.

"It's a friendly and enjoyable place to work."

Josh said undoubtedly his favourite job was shredding paper.

"Hearing the paper crunch and tear - it's absolutely marvellous," he said.

"It's so satisfying."

Josh said his few months at the Snowy Region Visitors' Centre had given him an insight into how a business works and while he hopes to eventually pursue a career in the scientific field he would consider searching for a job similar to the role he's been experiencing.

"For now, this is pretty enjoyable so I wouldn't mind working like this," he said.

Manager of the Snowy Region Visitors' Centre Kerry Coomber said Josh's assistance during the lead-up to the busy summer holidays had been invaluable.

"Josh has become so much a part of the Visitor Centre team that he has his own in-tray which is fed with work to be carried out," Ms Coomber said.

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