TERANG'S Dylan Rowe is a passionate music and sound lover, and is gaining invaluable experience at Warrnambool's Lighthouse Theatre while still completing year 12.
He is undertaking a specific program to help him achieve his dream of becoming a professional audio engineer.
He works at the theatre on performance days, and Xavier Dannock said he was an asset to the team.
Mr Dannock said the South West Local Learning and Employment Network had worked closely with the Lighthouse Theatre to create an opportunity after identifying a student who wanted to learn more about sound and audio.
The Structured Workplace Learning (SWL) Program provides students with 20 days of industry experience alongside their school work.
"We host quite a lot of students every year through work experience, but this was a little bit different as it is for a longer period of time and is more structured," he said.
Dylan, a Terang College student, has undertaken a structured workplace learning program through the theatre.
"It is a good opportunity to engage with Dylan on a higher level," Mr Dannock said.
"He can learn and take part in performances rather than just observing. It's good for us because engaging young people in technical work can be quite challenging and we also want to engage with people who want to broaden their skills.
"Dylan loves being here learning and taking part. That has helped us feel so comfortable in taking him on.
"One of our technical employees focuses just on sound so he has been able to work really closely with Dylan. They have been able to build a good working relationship on different shifts and on different events."
Mr Dannock said he placed a lot of value in people such as Dylan who were "so keen".
"He has a lot of interest and sees it as a career," he said.
"Being able to support him in that is really important for me."
The Lighthouse Theatre, in partnership with Terang College and the SWLLEN ensured an enriching experience for Dylan.
SWLLEN executive officer Emily Lee-Ack said the school's flexibility and willingness to work around the performance schedule had been an asset.
"Dylan knows what the industry and job requires," she said.
"This particular workplace demands a certain ability and Dylan is committed, passionate and hardworking. It has been a real win-win for Dylan and the Lighthouse Theatre. He has set the bar high for the next student that works with them. We are so excited to be part of Dylan's journey to a career".
The year 12 student plays music and loves audio and theatre production.
As well as the structured workplace learning program, Dylan is also undertaking vocational educational training in audio engineering which is run out of Warrnambool's Emmanuel College.
"I'm into anything musical or with sound production," he said.
He said he had started a music course before branching off into audio engineering.
"I really wanted to find out what it was like working in the live field," he said.
"I help with the bump in, set up, then I plug in and help with sound check and shadow the tech here. I have learnt so much. It has completely changed the way I engineer music."
He said his eventual goal was to obtain employment in live and studio audio engineering.
"The dream is making my own music as a musician, but this is always a close second being able to work with musicians," he said.
"I am looking to do further study next year at Collarts, a university in Melbourne. I am looking to get a bachelors degree, to learn to mix and master."
He said working at the Lighthouse Theatre as part of the structured workplace learning and his audio engineering course were "good stepping stones" to gaining a place at Collarts.
"Hopefully it will add up," he said.
"The VCAL program has been great. Terang College has been really active in helping me to pursue music."