Tenterfield High School's career adviser Helen Clothier has had around 45 students from year 10 out doing work experience, in a wide variety of pursuits to determine what they would or would not explore further as a profession.
Mrs Clothier applauded the local business community for going on to absorb many high school graduates, often into traineeships and apprenticeships.
Dominic Clarke hopes to be one of those. He did his stint at DTB Fabrications, which has built a reputation for taking on local youth as apprentices and then retaining them once they've finished their training.
DTB's Tracey Butler, in pushing for greater weighting towards local businesses in Tenterfield Shire Council's procurement policy, said her business pays above award hourly wages to encourage staff to stay and live locally.
"We support the local high school with its work placement program, offering local youth the chance to come and experience our industry, and we are proud to say that 100 per cent of our apprentices have come from this great program," she said.
"We have successfully trained eight boilermakers within the community, of which seven remain using their trade within our town," she said.
"Some have gone on to marry, have children, buy homes etc."
Dominic said he was enjoying his experience with the metal fabricator, and sees himself in a similar role in the future. He and the DTB crew were putting a new floor into a horse float for a local client.