HE IS an unfortunate victim of the tough economic times.
Grafton High School student Will Heaslip, 16, is doing a school-based traineeship with Gone Fish'n Grafton, but the store - the only specialist fishing outlet in Grafton - is closing its doors for good on Friday.
The shop's co-owner Lorraine Hoban asked The Examiner to publish an appeal for another business to take over Will's traineeship - eight-hours-a-day, one day-a-week with wage assistance through Chess Employment.
"If he does not get a traineeship transfer before we leave on Friday it will affect his HSC as this goes towards his marks," Ms Hoban posted on the DEX Facebook page. "Please someone help us with our trainee, he is adorable and the best of our young kids in town.
"He costs an absolute minimum by the time he is subsidised and is invaluable to us - it's really the thing I am most worried about with the closure."
Will said yesterday he enjoyed retail but planned on seeking a boilermaker or fitter and turner apprenticeship in the mines when he finished his HSC next year.
He said he first secured a part-time job at Gone Fish'n after being a regular customer last year and said he used to spend "thousands".
The store's is running a 30 per cent discount on its retail-priced items (not sinkers or bait) till it closes.